a legal remedy against being wrongly imprisoned; an order which states that a person in prison must appear before a court of law before they can be forced by law to stay in prison The ruling gave Guantanamo prisoners the long-standing habeas corpus right to challenge their detention in US civilian courts.
- He filed a writ of habeas corpus with the Supreme Court.
- The court agreed to hear his habeas corpus petition.
- Habeas corpus applies to both adults and children.
- The principle of habeas corpus is guaranteed by the Act.
- From the Latin, meaning that you may have the body.
- This legal remedy, which dates from the 16th century, has become the basic device for the protection of civil liberties.
- Sometimes called merely habeas in AmE.