In criminal law, recklessness is one of the four possible classes of mental state constituting mens rea.

Criminal law or Penal law is the body of law that relates to crime.

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To commit an offence of ordinary as opposed to strict liability, the prosecution must be able to prove both a mens rea and an actus reus; i.e., a person cannot be guilty of the offence for one's actions alone.

Actus reus, sometimes called the external element or the objective element of a crime, is the Latin term for the "guilty act" which, when proved beyond a reasonable doubt in combination with the mens rea, "guilty mind", produces criminal liability in the common law-based criminal law jurisdictions of Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland England and Wales, Colombia, Nigeria, Ghana, Ireland, Israel and the United States of America.

A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood, which in turn is defined differently by different authors in different disciplines, and by different cultures in different times and places.

The prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries with either the common law adversarial system, or the civil law inquisitorial system.

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There must also be an appropriate intention, knowledge, recklessness, or criminal negligence at the relevant time.


Recklessness may constitute an offense against property or involve significant danger to another person.

In the abstract, property is that which belongs to or with something, whether as an attribute or as a component of said thing.


The precise definition of recklessness has been contested and has evolved.


It generally involves a person pursuing a course of action while consciously disregarding that the action gives rise to a substantial and unjustifiable risk.

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