habeas corpus

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Synonyms for habeas corpus

a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge

the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment

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Jeremy Bentham made a similar point with regard to the English experience: "As for the habeas corpus act, better the statute book were rid of it.
As Lord Mansfield recognized, the English courts limited their habeas jurisdiction to sovereign territory, and they did so in compliance with the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.
law came by way of Parliament in the Habeas Corpus Act of 1641, created
The documents are preceded by a chronology that begins with the passing of the Habeas Corpus Act in 1679 and ends with the London bombings in 2005.
To prevent the Crown imprisoning people at will, it was finally made statute law by the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, although it has been suspended several times, usually in wartime.
It was used by English courts long before Parliament gave it statutory form in the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.