Habeas corpus

What is Habeas corpus?

Habeas corpus is one of legal terms that means Latin, meaning ‘you have the body.’ A writ of habeas corpus generally is a judicial order forcing law enforcement authorities to produce a prisoner they are holding, and to justify the prisoner’s continued confinement. Federal judges receive petitions for a writ of habeas corpus from state prison inmates who say their state prosecutions violated federally protected rights in some way.

 

source: uscourts.gov/glossary

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