Habeas corpus

recourse in law by which unlawful detention can be reported to a court, instigating an investigation into its legallity

A writ of habeas corpus (English: /ˌhbiəs ˈkɔːrpəs/; Latin: "may you have the body") is a writ (legal action) that requires a person who has been arrested or imprisoned to be brought to a judge or into court.[1] Once the person is brought before the court, the judge will determine if the person is being lawfully detained or must be released.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Habeas corpus". Merriam-webster.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  2. "What is Habeas Corpus". ExpertLaw. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2017-05-23.

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