Latin Legal Terms

Compos mentis

Compos mentis – this Latin term means “having command of their mind, memory and understanding”. In practice, it normally refers to the figure of a person who is of balanced, sound mind, i.e. clearheaded fully able to understand and perform their own actions. This is very important when clarifying of a legal action, like selling your own home, represents a proper deal. Or for instance to establish where a criminal has understood his own activities, or is suffering from mental illness that requires treatment. The opposite is “non compus mentis”, which refers to the figure of a person with mental incapability.

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