Habeas Corpus

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Habeas Corpus

A writ one may file requiring the custodian of a prisoner to justify in court that the imprisonment is legal. For example, if one is arrested without proper warrant, one may file habeas corpus for one's release. It should be noted that the right to file habeas corpus may be suspended in national emergencies or for other reasons. The concept comes from English common law.
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One of his first measures, when becoming Attorney General in 1794, was to introduce an act suspending Habeus Corpus which allowed the imprisonment of hundreds of the Tory government's opponents from the lower orders without trial.
The habeus corpus statute begins by stating that: "Writs of habeas corpus may be granted by the Supreme Court, any justice thereof, the district courts and any circuit judge within their respective jurisdictions.
In an attempt to locate Mr Mahmood, habeus corpus proceedings were lodged in Pakistan's Supreme Court, with the purpose of ensuring that he was produced in court yesterday.
He went to the High Court in Dublin to make a habeus corpus application, a legal motion questioning legality of detention.
Forthcoming plays include comedy spoof A Tomb With A View, Dickens classic Great Expectations and Alan Bennett comedy Habeus Corpus.