Habeas Corpus Ad Subjiciendum

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Habeas corpus ad subjiciendum means “that you have the body to submit to” in Latin. It is also known as the “Great Writ” and is a writ that is directed to someone detaining another person to inquire as to the legality of the detention. In one its very early decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court held that it has the power to issue the writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum

See also: Habeas Corpus

[Last updated in December of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]