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North Carolina General Statutes
Chapter 17: Habeas Corpus.

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Article 1 - Constitutional Provisions. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-1 17-1. Remedy without delay for restraint of liberty.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-2 17-2. Habeas corpus not to be suspended.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 2 - Application. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-3 17-3. Who may prosecute writ.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-4 17-4. When application denied.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-5 17-5. By whom application is made.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-6 17-6. To judge of appellate division or superior court in writing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-7 17-7. Contents of application.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-8 17-8. Issuance of writ without application.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 3 - Writ. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-9 17-9. Writ granted without delay.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-10 17-10. Penalty for refusal to grant.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-11 17-11. Sufficiency of writ; defects of form immaterial.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-12 17-12. Service of writ.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 4 - Return. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-13 17-13. When writ returnable.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-14 17-14. Contents of return; verification.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-15 17-15. Production of body if required.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 5 - Enforcement of Writ. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-16 17-16. Attachment for failure to obey.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-17 17-17. Liability of judge refusing attachment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-18 17-18. Attachment against sheriff to be directed to coroner; procedure.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-19 17-19. Precept to bring up party detained.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-20 17-20. Liability of judge refusing precept.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-21 17-21. Liability of judge conniving at insufficient return.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-22 17-22. Power of county to aid service.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-23 17-23. Obedience to order of discharge compelled.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-24 17-24. No civil liability for obedience.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-25 17-25. Recommittal after discharge; penalty.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-26 17-26. Disobedience to writ or refusing copy of process; penalty.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-27 17-27. Penalty for false return.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-28 17-28. Penalty for concealing party entitled to writ.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 6 - Proceedings and Judgment. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-29 17-29. Notice to interested parties.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-30 17-30. Notice to district attorney.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-31 17-31. Subpoenas to witnesses.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-32 17-32. Proceedings on return; facts examined; summary hearing of issues.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-33 17-33. When party discharged.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-34 17-34. When party remanded.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-35 17-35. When the party bailed or remanded.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-36 17-36. Party held in execution not to be discharged.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-37 17-37. When party ill, cause determined in his absence.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-38 17-38. No second committal after discharge; penalty.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 7 - Habeas Corpus for Custody of Children in Certain Cases. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-39 through 17-40 17-39 through 17-40. Repealed by Session Laws 1967, c. 1153, s. 1.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 8 - Habeas Corpus Ad Testificandum. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-41 17-41. Authority to issue the writ.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-42 17-42. Contents of application.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-43 17-43. Service of writ.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-44 17-44. Applicant to pay expenses and give bond to return.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-45 17-45. Duty of officer to whom writ delivered or on whom served.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 17-46 17-46. Prisoner to be remanded.[HTML] [RTF]