Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial


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What does habeas corpus mean in English?

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1. Why is a writ of habeas corpus issued?

2. When can a prisoner begin filing a writ of habeas corpus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet allow you to gauge you understanding of habeas corpus and its role in the American judicial system. Passing the quiz requires you to be familiar with topics such as when a writ of habeas corpus can be filed and its relationship to the 5th Amendment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment resources to assess your knowledge of:

  • Literal meaning of habeas corpus
  • When a writ of habeas corpus can be filed by a prisoner
  • Definition of due process
  • Protections provided by the 5th Amendment
  • Definition of writ of habeas corpus

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills as you work through the included quiz and worksheet:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define important phrases, like writ of habeas corpus and due process
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information related to when a writ of habeas corpus can be filed by a prisoner and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use understanding of the 5th Amendment to identify how it relates to habeas corpus in the American judicial system

Additional Learning

Learn more about the writ of habeas corpus by visiting the lesson titled Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial. This lesson covers these important objectives:

  • Define writ of habeas corpus
  • Identify the situations where a writ of habeas corpus can be made
  • Explore how habeas corpus relates to the U.S. Constitution, especially the 5th and 14th Amendments
  • Define due process
  • Recognize the conditions that need to be met for a writ of habeas corpus to be approved by a judge
  • Discover the experience of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter with the writ of habeas corpus