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Writ Of Habeas Corpus

writ of habeas corpus

a document filed as a means of testing the legality of a restraint on a person's liberty, usually imprisonment. The writ commands the officials who have custody of a prisoner to bring the prisoner before the court, so that the court may determine whether the prisoner is being detained lawfully.

Source: Federal Judicial Center

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