Willful Blindness Law & Legal Definition


Willful blindness is a term used in criminal law to refer to the acts of a person who intentionally fails to be informed about matters that would make the person criminally liable. lt describes an attempt to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting oneself in a position to be unaware of facts which create liability. For example, wilfull blindness has been used to deny the lack of intent defense of drug smugglers who claimed lack of knowledge of drug packages' contents.