Per minas

Per minas, in British common law, to engage in behavior "by means of menaces or threats". [ [ Clickdocs web site] ]

The term comes from Latin. [ [ List of Latin legal phrases] .]

"Per minas" has been used as a defense of duress to certain crimes, as affecting the element of "Mens rea". [ [ Duress "per minas" as a defense (sic.) to crime] , from "Law and Philosophy", 185-195 (August 1982).] [ [ JSTO site] , from "A Consideration of What Amounts to Duress Per Minas at Law", in the American Law Register, Vol. 23, No. 4, (April 1875), pp. 201-207.] William Blackstone, the often-cited Judge and Legal scholar, addressed the use of "duress "per minas" under the category of self-defense as a means of securing the "right of personal security", that is, the right to Self-defense. [ [] , citing Blackstone, (I)(2) (1765).]

The classic case involves a person who is blackmailed into robbing a bank.

In Contract law, Blackstone used "per minas" to describe the defense of duress, as affecting the element of Contract intent, Mutual assent, or Meeting of the minds. [ [ Law-dictionary-com] , citing I Blackstone's Commentaries 131.] [ [ Online Law dictionary] , citing Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856).]

ee also

*Contract law
*Criminal law
*Intrinsic fraud


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • per minas — /mīˈ or mēˈnäs/ (law) By means of threats, by menaces • • • Main Entry: ↑per …   Useful english dictionary

  • per minas — By threats. See duress per minas …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • per minas — /par maynas/ By threats. See duress …   Black's law dictionary

  • per minas duress — Same as duress per minas …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • duress per minas — Compulsion exercised by threat of imprisonment, mayhem, or taking of life or limb. 25 Am J2d Dur § 11. As defined at common law, such duress existed only where the party entered into a contract or performed an act for fear of imprisonment, mayhem …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Minas Gerais — For other uses, see Minas Gerais (disambiguation). State of Minas Gerais   State   …   Wikipedia

  • Minas Gerais — Estado de Minas Gerais Estado de Brasil …   Wikipedia Español

  • Minas Novas — Location of Minas Novas in the state of Minas Gerais Minas Novas is a municipality in the northeast of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. As of 2007 the population was 30,578 in a total area of 1,810 km². The elevation of the urban area is 635… …   Wikipedia

  • Military Police of Minas Gerais State — Minas Gerais Military Police Polícia Militar de Minas Gerais PMMG Abbreviation PMMG Badge of the Minas Gerais Military Police …   Wikipedia

  • Medeiros, Minas Gerais — Location of Medeiros on a map of the state of Minas Gerais Medeiros is a Brazilian municipality located in the west of the state of Minas Gerais. Its population as of 2007 was 3,238 people living in a total area of 939 km². The city belongs… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.