Latin Legal Terms

Cogito

Cogito – this Latin verb means to consider, to plan, to think. In practice, it participates in the legal maxim “cogitationis poenam nemo patitur”, which means that a person cannot be convicted or accused only because of their intentions, belief or free thinking only. Of course, if a real (illegal) act follows, then the criminal intention will be punishable, depending of the particular provisions of the local Criminal Law. Synonyms are “duco”, “intueor”, and “meditor”.

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