what is mens rea?

In Florida, a three year-old picked up a poorly misplaced pistol and killed his mother by accident. Is the toddler a murderer? No. This is because every crime has at least two parts: the actus reus (bad act) and the mens rea (guilty mind). While the toddler did certainly do something bad, he lacked the …
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How the Small Claims Court Works in Ontario

What is Small Claims Court? The Small Claims Court is a civil court in Ontario that allows you to resolve disputes in a legal setting. These disputes revolve around matters where the monetary value sought does not exceed the amount of $35,000. The key purpose of the Small Claims Court is to place you back …
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First Appearance in Criminal Court in Ontario – What to Expect

What does a “First Appearance” mean? Your first appearance in Criminal Court is NOT your trial date. First appearances in Criminal Court are administrative in nature, it is the starting point of the Court proceeding process. This means that you will not be required to: Enter a plea of guilty or not guilty; Produce any …
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Can the OPP give me a ticket in London?

There is a common myth in Ontario that the OPP do not have authority to issue tickets in a city with its own police force. However, this is not true. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have jurisdiction across all of Ontario. Though they are most commonly seen on the highway, a police officer in Ontario …
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