Dolus vs. Culpa

By Jaxson

  • Dolus

    In criminal law, intent is one of three general classes of mens rea necessary to constitute a conventional, as opposed to strict liability, crime. A more formal, generally synonymous legal term is scienter: intent or knowledge of wrongdoing.

  • Dolus (noun)

    Evil intent: malice or fraud.

  • Culpa (noun)

    negligence or fault, as distinguishable from dolus (deceit, fraud), which implies intent, culpa being imputable to defect of intellect, dolus to defect of heart


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