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habeas corpus

noun [U]     LAW
the right of someone who is in prison to appear in court so that a judge can decide whether that person is being kept in prison legally: The new legislation would restore habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody. habeas corpus appeals/petitions/proceedings
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