- a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, especially for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment.
Origin of habeas corpus
Related Words for habeas corpuscase, litigation, tribunal, suit, prosecution, hearing, contest, arraignment, action, indictment, lawsuit, impeachment, summons, claim, citation, seizure, rap, counterclaim, cross-examination, decree
Examples from the Web for habeas corpus
Historical Examples of habeas corpus
He never heard of the effort of London friends to deliver him at Singapore by means of habeas-corpus proceedings.
They moved for a habeas-corpus in the King's Bench, but the court would take no cognizance of the affair.
This was all the natives of Scotland had in lieu of the habeas-corpus act; though it did not screen them from oppression.
The commons forthwith suspended the habeas-corpus act; and several persons were apprehended on suspicion of treasonable practices.
He would get out a writ of habeas-corpus, and did, too, but Blount had gained his point and Hall was kept in custody another day.Harry Blount, the Detective
T. J. Flanagan
- law a writ ordering a person to be brought before a court or judge, esp so that the court may ascertain whether his detention is lawful
Word Origin for habeas corpus
Word Origin and History for habeas corpus
writ requiring a person to be brought before a court, mid-15c., Latin, literally "(you should) have the person," in phrase habeas corpus ad subjiciendum "produce or have the person to be subjected to (examination)," opening words of writs in 14c. Anglo-French documents to require a person to be brought before a court or judge, especially to determine if that person is being legally detained. From habeas, second person singular present subjunctive of habere "to have, to hold" (see habit) + corpus "person," literally "body" (see corporeal). In reference to more than one person, habeas corpora.
A legal term meaning that an accused person must be presented physically before the court with a statement demonstrating sufficient cause for arrest. Thus, no accuser may imprison someone indefinitely without bringing that person and the charges against him or her into a courtroom. In Latin, habeas corpus literally means “you shall have the body.”