In criminal law, intention and intent are often used interchangeably to refer to the mental state or mens rea of a person while committing a crime. Both terms refer to the state of mind where a person acts with the purpose or knowledge of causing a particular result.
However, in some legal contexts, intent may be used to refer to a general state of mind, while intention may refer to a specific purpose or plan. For example, a person may have the intent to commit a crime but may not have a specific intention to harm a particular individual.
In practice, the distinction between intention and intent is often not significant, and the two terms are used interchangeably. What matters in criminal law is the mental state of the defendant at the time of the crime, regardless of the specific term used to describe it.
You can learn more about this topic and relevant case law with our Criminal Law notes.