Latin Legal Terms

Habeas corpus

Habeas corpus – in the legal practice, this term refers basically to a writ, used to dispute the legality of arrest. The role is to give protection against illegal confinement in situations where a person is kept in the arrest without charges or accusing.
Within the area of Criminal Law, there are several different types of habeas corpus writs: For example habeas corpus ad testificandum – issued on the sole discretion by the court, to remove a prisoner in order to bear testimony.

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