Minnesota State Law Library
State Habeas Corpus - Is a claim that a person is being involuntarily confined, such as in a prison or or state hospital, by the government and demands they be brought before a judge to determine the legality of their detention. Habeas corpus is not used to determine guilt or innocence, mental competence or incompetence, but only to determine whether the person's confinement is legal.
Federal Habeas Corpus - A person in state custody seeking to challenge the validity of their state court judgment files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254. An individual in federal custody seeking post-conviction relief from a federal court judgment files a petition under 28 U.S.C. 2255.
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