144. General nature of writ of habeas corpus.

The writ of habeas corpus for release1 is a prerogative process for securing the liberty of the subject2 by affording an effective means of immediate release from unlawful or unjustifiable detention3 whether in prison or in private custody4. It is a prerogative writ by which the Sovereign has a right to inquire into the causes for which any of her subjects are deprived of their liberty