This page is continued from Civil Law Self-Help >>>> Section 5: Commence a Civil Action >>>> Types of Actions >>>> The 11 Historical Common-Law Forms of Action >>>> Forms of Actions to Recover Wrongfully Imprisoned, Detained, or Withheld Persons or Property >>>> Replevin:
1. At common law, an action to replevy a person out of prison or out of another’s custody. Personal replevin has been largely superseded by the writ of habeas corpus as a means of investigating the legality of an imprisonment. 
1. Ill-chosen terminology for the writ of habeas corpus. 
writ of habeas corpus – command that a prisoner (or detainee or someone on probation) be brought before the court to challenge the legality of their custody and demand their release. — aka great writ.
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