Nemo Tenetur Prodere Seipsum Law and Legal Definition

Nemo tenetur prodere seipsum is a legal maxim in Latin. This maxim states that on one is bound to betray himself. The principle denotes that no person can be compelled to incriminate himself.

This maxim denotes the privilege against self-incrimination. The privilege can be traced back to the English common law, when the privilege was expressed as Nemo tenetur prodere seipsum (No one should be required to betray himself). [Gray v. State, 368 Md. 529, 549 (Md. 2002)].