Simple Definition of habeas corpus
law : an order to bring a jailed person before a judge or court to find out if that person should really be in jail
Full Definition of habeas corpus
1 : any of several common-law writs issued to bring a party before a court or judge; especially : habeas corpus ad subjiciendum
2 : the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment
Examples of habeas corpus
apply for a writ of habeas corpus
Origin of habeas corpus
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, you should have the body (the opening words of the writ)
First Known Use: 15th century
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