Concord, NH asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts

Q: What is a writ of habeas corpus

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Patrick J. Murphy, Esq.
Patrick J. Murphy, Esq.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: This is a Latin phrase which means "you have the body". In law it is an order to a jailor or sheriff to bring the person in jail before the court for a hearing. The primary function of the writ is to release someone from unlawful imprisonment.

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