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