Writ of Habeas Corpus

Section 9, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

"The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. "


[New Latin, literally, you should have the body for submitting]

First appeared 1768

: a writ for inquiring into the lawfulness of the restraint of a person who is imprisoned or detained in another's custody