nulla pœna sine lege

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin: nūlla (feminine form of nūllus, “not any”) + poena (penalty”, “punishment) + sine (without) + lēge (ablative singular form of lēx, “a law”) = “no punishment without a law”.

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nulla pœna sine lege

  1. (law) The principle that a person shall receive no punishment unless he has committed an offence as explicitly defined in a law.
    • 1945: The Solicitors’ Journal, volume 89, page 262
      This is a wide definition, and the courts, no doubt bearing in mind that a wide application might tend to defeat the maxim “nulla pœna sine lege” have been cautious in its application in practice.
    • 1992: European Journal of Sociology, volumes 33–34, page 196 (Plon.)
      […] -cutions on these and similar constructs, thereby overruling nulla pœna sine lege.
    • 2005: Jerome Hall, General Principles of Criminal Law, page 55
      This is especially pertinent to nulla poena sine lege in its particular reference to punishment.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin; see the English section.

Phrase[edit]

nulla pœna sine lege

  1. nulla pœna sine lege