Habeas corpus

legal protection for detained people to argue in court that they are being held illegally

A writ of habeas corpus (English: /ˌhbiəs ˈkɔːrpəs/; Latin: "may you have the body") protects people from being kept in jail or prison without a legal reason and without any end date. It is a writ (legal action) that says that if someone who was arrested or imprisoned wants to go to court to argue that they are being held illegally, the prison official must bring the individual to the court.[1] Once the person is brought before the court, the judge will decide if the person is being held lawfully, or has the right to 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. Archived from the original on 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2017-05-23.

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