The Notion Of Criminal Intent: The Evolution Of Mens Rea In Criminal Law

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dc.contributor.advisor King, Doug Byelikova, Daryna 2019-04-30T18:29:42Z 2019-04-30T18:29:42Z 2019-04-02
dc.description An Honours Project submitted in partial fulfilment of The Degree requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) A Research Paper on The Meaning of Mens Rea in Criminal Law en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis evaluates the legal concept of mens rea to better understand its meaning and significance in criminal law. Included in this thesis is the examination of the evolution of criminal law from Roman law to today's Canadian criminal law, through the lens of the foundational principle of mens rea, through its application in numerous Supreme Court of Canada cases, has either reinforced the interpretation of laws or set out a new framework on how the law should be interpreted. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how mens rea guided criminal law by emphasizing the purpose of the justice system, the purpose and significance of the mental element within an offence; how the law is interpreted using the concept of mens rea, the degree of culpability within an offence; and a higher standard of burden of proof. Mens rea has many functions such as to guard against the wrongful conviction of morally innocent individuals and to protect our society from those who caused harm. Mens rea also helps distinguish between the degrees of moral blameworthiness within each crime and to understand the concept of burden of proof. Lastly, mens rea is critical in a court's determining of appropriate punishment. Finally, this thesis links the concept of mens rea to legal defences in criminal law. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Mens rea en_US
dc.subject Criminal law
dc.subject Subjective and objective liability
dc.subject Criminal intent
dc.subject Moral blameworthiness
dc.subject Criminal culpability
dc.subject Legal defence
dc.subject Mental disorder
dc.subject Thesis
dc.title The Notion Of Criminal Intent: The Evolution Of Mens Rea In Criminal Law en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Edited. JR

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