Criminal negligence

  • in criminal law, criminal negligence is a surrogate mens rea (latin for "guilty mind") required to constitute a conventional as opposed to strict liability offense. it is not, strictly speaking, a mens rea because it refers to an objective standard of behaviour expected of the defendant and does not refer to their mental state.[1]

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In criminal law, criminal negligence is a surrogate mens rea (Latin for "guilty mind") required to constitute a conventional as opposed to strict liability offense. It is not, strictly speaking, a mens rea because it refers to an objective standard of behaviour expected of the defendant and does not refer to their mental state.[1]