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habeas corpus

noun ha·be·as cor·pus \ˈhā-bē-əs-ˈkr-pəs\

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

  1. 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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