Non Compos Mentis Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Non Compos Mentis.

Non Compos Mentis (Latin Phrase / Adjective)

A Latin term that legally refers to a person who is not of sound mind and lacks the ability to manage their own affairs or make responsible decisions. This condition can be due to various causes such as illness, insanity, or intoxication. Not to be mistaken with temporary loss of judgment or minor mental incapabilities, it significantly affects a person's legal competence.