What is corpus delicti and what is the test for establishing it?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Adams, 19 Cal.App.4th 412, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 512 (Cal. App. 1993):

"The corpus delicti is established when it is proved a crime has been committed by someone. The corpus delicti consists of two elements: (1) the injury or loss or harm and (2) a criminal agency causing them to exist." (People v. Jeff (1988) 204 Cal.App.3d 309, 339, 251 Cal.Rptr. 135.)

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