Corpus Delicti

Definition - What does Corpus Delicti mean?

Corpus delicti is a Latin phrase, which in English means “body of the crime.” It means a material substance or a substantial proof that a crime has been committed. It can be a physical proof such as the burnt remains of anything, a dead body, etc.

Justipedia explains Corpus Delicti

The phrase corpus delicti forms the basis of a principle that without proper proof or evidence of a crime it would not be fair to convict a person of that crime.

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