Definition of doli incapax in English:

doli incapax


  • Deemed incapable of forming the intent to commit a crime or tort, especially by reason of age (under ten years old).

    • ‘A child under ten is said to be doli incapax, that is, incapable of crime.’
    • ‘At common law the presumption of doli incapax applied to children under 14, requiring the prosecution to establish that the child knew that the behaviour was seriously wrong before the case could go ahead.’
    • ‘So what's their position on whether or not doli incapax protects children or in fact is sometimes prejudicial to their rights?’
    • ‘The Attorney General's Department initiated a review of the doli incapax and the age of criminal responsibility in response to the case.’
    • ‘On this spurious basis the court overturned the centuries old principle of doli incapax - that a child under the age of 14 cannot be held accountable for his/her actions unless it is proven they knew what they were doing.’


Latin, literally ‘incapable of evil’.


doli incapax

/ˈdɒlɪ ɪnˈkapaks/