Habeas-Corpus-Akte
Gesetz zur besseren Sicherung der Freiheit der Untertanen und zum Schutze vor Einkerkerung in Übersee.

von 1640 und 27. Mai 1679

faktisch geändert bzw. ergänzt durch
Gesetz von 1794 (34 Geo. III. C. 54)
Gesetz über Menschenrechte (Human Rights Act) vom 9. November 1998

(Fassung nach dem "Habeas Corpus Amendment Act 1679", mit dem die ursprüngliche Habeas-Corpus-Akte von 1640 ergänzt wurde)

Große Verzögerungen sind seitens der Sheriffs, Kerkermeister und anderer Beamter, denen irgendwelche Untertanen des Königs wegen Verbrechen oder mutmaßlichen Verbrechen zum Gewahrsam übergeben worden waren, dadurch verursacht worden, daß sie an sie gerichtete Habeas-Corpus-Erlasse zurücksandten, einen und manchmal mehrere Alias- und Pluries-Habeas-Corpus-Erlasse ausstellten und es mit anderen Ausflüchten entgegen ihren Pflichten und den wohlbekannten Gesetzen des Landes am willfährigen Gehorsam gegenüber solchen Erlassen fehlen ließen; viele Untertanten des Königs sind dadurch in Fällen, in denen sie gemäß dem Gesetz gegen eine Bürgschaft hätten freigelassen werden müssen, zu ihrer großen Beschwer und Ärgernis lange Zeit im Gefängnis gehalten worden und mögen danach noch lange festgehalten werden. Dies zu verhüten und zum Zwecke der schnelleren Freilassung aller auf Grund solcher Verbrechen oder mutmaßlichen Verbrechen eingekerkerten Personen möge von des Königs erhabenster Majestät auf den Rat und mit der Zustimmung der in diesem Parlament versammelten geistlichen und weltlichen Lords und Gemeinen und durch die Autorität des Parlaments dies verordnet werden:

1. Wann immer eine oder mehrere Personen einen an einen Sheriff, Kerkermeister, Beamten oder an eine sonstige Person, in deren Gewahrsam sie sich befinden, gerichteten Habeas-Corpus-Erlaß vorweisen und der besagte Erlaß dem besagten Beamten überreicht oder im Kerker oder Gefängnis bei irgendeinem Unterbeamten oder Unterkerkermeister oder bei den Stellvertretern der besagten Beamten oder Kerkermeister hinterlassen wird, so müssen der besagte Beamte oder die besagten Beamten oder seine oder ihre Unter-Beamten, Unter-Kerkermeister und Stellvertreter innerhalb von 3 Tagen nach der vorerwähnten Überreichung des Erlasses (sofern es sich bei der besagten Verhaftung nicht um Verrat oder Treubruch handelt und dies im Haftbefehl klar und besonders zum Ausdruck kommt) den Erlaß sowie den so Verhafteten oder Eingesperrten leibhaftig zu dem oder vor den derzeitigen Lordkanzler oder Lordsiegelbewahrer von England oder die Richter oder Barone des besagten Gerichtshofes, von dem der besagte Erlaß ergangen war, oder vor eine solche andere Person oder vor solche andere Personen, denen der Erlaß gemäß den darin enthaltenen Vorschriften wieder zugestellt werden muß, bringen oder bringen lassen - und zwar gegen Zahlung oder Angebot der Zahlung der Unkosten der Überführung des Gefangenen (welche durch den Richter oder Gerichtshof, die sie zuerkannten, festgestellt und auf dem Erlaß vermerkt werden müssen und 12 Pence pro Meile nicht übersteigen dürfen) und gegen Sicherheitsleistung durch einen von dem Gefangenen selbst in Höhe der Kosten für seine Rückführung ausgestellten Schuldschein (falls er von dem Gerichtshof oder Richter, vor den er gemäß der wahren Absicht dieses Gesetzes gebracht wird, in die Haft zurückgesandt wird) sowie gegen die Versicherung, daß er auf dem Wege keinen Fluchtversuch unternehmen werde; und sie müssen dann auch die wahren Gründe seiner Haft oder Einkerkerung bescheinigen, es sei denn, die Verhaftung der besagten Person sei an einem Orte erfolgt, der mehr als 20 Meilen von dem Ort oder den Orten entfernt ist, an dem ein solches Gericht oder eine solche Person wohnt oder wohnen wird; und wenn die Entfernung größer als 20 Meilen ist, jedoch 100 Meilen nicht überschreitet, muß dies innerhalb von spätestens 10 Tagen, wenn sie größer ist als 100 Meilen, innerhalb von spätestens 20 Tagen, nach der oben erwähnten Überreichung [des Erlasses] geschehen.

2. And to the intent that no sheriff, gaoler or other officer may pretend ignorance of the import of any such writ; be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such writs shall be marked in this manner, Per statutum tricesimo primo Caroli secundi Regis, and shall be signed by the person that awards the same; and if any person or persons shall be or stand committed or detained as aforesaid, for any crime, unless for felony or treason plainly expressed in the warrant of commitment, in the vacation-time, and out of term, it shall and may be lawful to and for the person or persons so committed or detained (other than persons convict or in execution by legal process) or any one on his or their behalf, to appeal or complain to the lord chancellor or lord keeper, or any one of his Majesty's justices, either of the one bench or of the other, or the barons of the exchequer of the degree of the coif; and the said lord chancellor, lord keeper, justices or barons or any of them, upon view of the copy or copies of the warrant or warrants of commitment and detainer, or otherwise upon oath made that such copy or copies were denied to be given by such person or persons in whose custody the prisoner or prisoners is or are detained, are hereby authorized and required, upon request made in writing by such person or persons, or any on his, her or their behalf, attested and subscribed by two witnesses who were present at the delivery of the same, to award and grant an habeas corpus under the seal of such court whereof he shall then be one of the judges, to be directed to the officer or officers in whose custody the party so committed or detained shall be, returnable immediate before the said lord chancellor or lord keeper, or such justice, baron or any other justice or baron of the degree of the coif of any of the said courts, and upon service thereof as aforesaid, the officer or officers, his or their under-officer or under-officers, under-keeper or under-keepers, or their deputy, in whose custody the party is so committed or detained, shall within the times respectively before limited, bring such prisoner or prisoners before the said lord chancellor or lord keeper, or such justices, barons or one of them, before whom the said writ is made returnable, and in case of his absence before any other of them, with the return of such writ, and the true causes of the commitment and detainer; and thereupon within two days after the party shall be brought before them, the said lord chancellor or lord keeper, or such justice or baron before whom the prisoner shall be brought as aforesaid, shall discharge the said prisoner from his imprisonment, taking his or their recognizance, with one or more surety or sureties, in any sum according to their discretions, having regard to the quality of the prisoner and nature of the offence, for his or their appearance in the court of King's bench the term following, or at the next assizes, sessions or general gaol-delivery of and for such county, city or place where the commitment was, or where the offence was committed, or in such other court where the said offence is properly cognizable, as the case shall require, and then shall certify the said writ with the return thereof, and the said recognizance or recognizances into the said court where such appearance is to be made; unless it shall appear unto the said lord chancellor or lord keeper, or justice or justices, or baron or barons, that the party so committed is detained upon a legal process, order or warrant, out of some court that hath jurisdiction of criminal matters, or by some warrant signed and sealed with the hand and seal of any of the said justices or barons, or some justice or justices of the peace, for such matters or offences for the which by the law the prisoner is not bailable.

3. Provided always, and be it enacted, That if any person shall have wilfully neglected by the space of two whole terms after his imprisonment, to pray a habeas corpus for his enlargement, such person so wilfully neglecting shall not have any habeas corpus to be granted in vacation-time, in pursuance of this act.

4. Und wenn irgendein Beamter oder mehrere Beamte und die ihm oder ihnen unterstellten Beamten oder Kerkermeister oder ihre Stellvertreter es unterlassen oder sich weigern sollten, die vorerwähnten Wiederzustellungen zu veranlassen oder den oder die Gefangenen gemäß dem Befehl des besagten Erlasses innerhalb der für den jeweiligen Fall vorerwähnten Frist leibhaftig vorzuführen, oder wenn sie sich auf Verlangen des Gefangenen oder einer in seinem Namen handelnden Person weigern sollten, der dies verlangenden Person innerhalb von 6 Stunden eine wahrheitsgetreue Abschrift des Haftbefehls oder der Haftbefehle gegen den oder die betreffenden Gefangenen, die zu übergeben hiermit von ihnen verlangt wird, zu übergeben, so müssen alle Ober-Kerkermeister und Kerkermeister solcher Gefängnisse sowie solche anderen Personen, in deren Gewahrsam der Gefangene zurückgehalten wird, bei dem ersten solchen Verstoß 100 Pfund und bei dem zweiten 200 Pfund an den Gefangenen oder an die beschwerte Person bewirken; es muß ihnen zudem unmöglich sein, ihr besagtes Amt weiterhin innezuhaben und auszuüben; die besagten Geldstrafen werden von dem Gefangenen oder der beschwerten Person bzw. ihren Bevollmächtigten oder Verwaltern in beliebiger Form an einem königlichen Gericht in Westminster eingeklagt, wherein no essoin, protection, privilege, injunction, wager of law, or stay of prosecution by non vult ulterius prosequi, or otherwise, shall be admitted or allowed, or any more than one imparlance; and any recovery or judgment at the suit of any party grieved, shall be a sufficient conviction for the first offence; and any after recovery or judgment at the suit of a party grieved for any offence after the first judgment, shall be a sufficient conviction to bring the officers or person within the said penalty for the second offence.

5. Durch die vorerwähnte Autorität wird zur Verhütung von ungerechter Schikane durch wiederholte Verhaftung wegen desselben Vergehens weiterhin verordnet, daß niemand, der auf Grund eines Habeas-Corpus-Erlasses freigegeben und auf freien Fuß gesetzt wird, zu irgendwelcher Zeit danach von irgend jemandem wegen desselben Vergehens erneut eingekerkert oder in Haft genommen werden darf, es sei denn auf Grund eines gesetzmäßigen "Gerichts-" Befehles und eines Verfahrens vor dem Gerichtshof, vor dem zu erscheinen er auf Grund schriftlicher Verpflichtung gebunden ist, oder vor einem anderen zuständigen Gerichtshof, wenn irgend jemand diesem Gesetz zuwiderjemanden, der auf die vorerwähnte Weise freigegeben und auf freien Fuß gesetzt wurde, wissentlich wegen desselben Vergehens oder angeblichen Vergehens er-neut verhaftet oder einkerkert oder dafür sorgt oder veranlaßt, daß er wieder verhaftet oder eingekerkert wird oder Hilfe oder Beistand dazu leistet, so verwirkt er - ungeachtet irgendwelcher Vorspiegelungen oder Veränderungen des oder der Haftbefehle - an den Gefangenen oder die beschwerte Person die Summe von 500 Pfund, die auf die vorerwähnte Weise einzuklagen ist.

6. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall be committed for high treason or felony, plainly and specially expressed in the warrant of commitment, upon his prayer or petition in open court the first week of the term, or first day of the sessions of oyer and terminer or general gaol-delivery, to be brought to his trial, shall not be indicted some time in the next term, sessions of oyer and terminer or general gaol-delivery, after such commitment; it shall and may be lawful to and for the judges of the court of King's bench and justices of oyer and terminer or general gaol-delivery, and they are hereby required, upon motion to them made in open court the last day of the term, sessions or gaol-delivery, either by the prisoner or any one in his behalf, to set at liberty the prisoner upon bail, unless it appear to the judges and justices upon oath made, that the witnesses for the King could not be produced the same term, sessions or general gaol-delivery; (2) and if any person or persons committed as aforesaid, upon his prayer or petition in open court the first week of the term or first day of the sessions of oyer and terminer and general gaol-delivery, to be brought to his trial, shall not be indicted and tried the second term, sessions of oyer and terminer or general gaol-delivery, after his commitment, or upon his trial shall be acquitted, he shall be discharged from his imprisonment.

7. Provided always, That nothing in this act shall extend to discharge out of prison any person charged in debt, or other action, or with process in any civil cause, but that after he shall he discharged of his imprisonment for such his criminal offence, he shall be kept in custody according to the law, for such other suit.

8. Provided always, and be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons, subjects of this realm, shall be committed to any prison or in custody of any officer or officers whatsoever, for any criminal or supposed criminal matter, that the said person shall not be removed from the said prison and custody into the custody of any other officer or officers; unless it be by habeas corpus or some other legal writ; or where the prisoner is delivered to the constable or other inferior officer to carry such prisoner to some common gaol; or where any person is sent by order of any judge of assize or justice of the peace, to any common workhouse or house of correction; or where the prisoner is removed from one prison or place to another within the same county, in order to his or her trial or discharge in due course of law; or in case of sudden fire or infection, or other necessity; and if any person or persons shall after such commitment aforesaid make out and sign, or countersign any warrant or warrants for such removal aforesaid, contrary to this act; as well he that makes or signs, or countersigns such warrant or warrants, as the officer or officers that obey or execute the same, shall suffer and incur the pains and forfeitures in this act before mentioned, both for the first and second offence respectively, to be recovered in manner aforesaid by the party grieved.

9. Provided also, and be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for any prisoner and prisoners as aforesaid, to move and obtain his or their habeas corpus as well out of the high court of chancery or court of exchequer, as out of the courts of King's bench or common pleas, or either of them; and if the said lord chancellor or lord keeper, or any judge or judges, baron or barons for the time being, of the degree of the coif, of any of the courts aforesaid, in the vacation time, upon view of the copy or copies of the warrant or warrants of commitment or detainer, or upon oath made that such copy or copies were denied as aforesaid, shall deny any writ of habeas corpus by this act required to be granted, being moved for as aforesaid, they shall severally forfeit to the prisoner or party grieved the sum of five hundred pounds, to be recovered in manner aforesaid.

10. And be it declared and enacted by the authority aforesaid, That an habeas corpus according to the true intent and meaning of this act, may be directed and run into any county palatine, the cinque-ports, or other privileged places within the kingdom of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed, and the islands of Jersey or Guernsey; any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.

11. And for preventing illegal imprisonments in prisons beyond the seas; be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no subject of this realm that now is, or hereafter shall be an inhabitant or resiant of this kingdom of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed, shall or may be sent prisoner into Scotland, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Tangier, or into parts, garrisons, islands or places beyond the seas, which are or at any time hereafter shall be within or without the dominions of his Majesty, his heirs or successors; and that every such imprisonment is hereby enacted and adjudged to be illegal; and that if any of the said subjects now is or hereafter shall be so imprisoned, every such person and persons so imprisoned, shall and may for every such imprisonment maintain by virtue of this act an action or actions of false imprisonment, in any of his Majesty's courts of record, against the person or persons by whom he or she shall be so committed, detained, imprisoned, sent prisoner or transported, contrary to the true meaning of this act, and against all or any person or persons that shall frame, contrive, write, seal or countersign any warrant or writing for such commitment, detainer, imprisonment or transportation, or shall be advising, aiding or assisting, in the same, or any of them; and the plaintiff in every such action shall have judgment to recover his treble costs, besides damages, which damages so to be given, shall not be less than five hundred pounds; in which action no delay stay or stop of proceeding by rule, order or command, nor no injunction, protection or privilege whatsoever, nor any more than one imparlance shall be allowed, excepting such rule of the court wherein the action shall depend, made in open court, as shall be thought in justice necessary, for special cause to be expressed in the said rule; and the person or persons who shall knowingly frame, contrive, write, seal or countersign any warant for such commitment, detainer or transportation, or shall so commit, detain, imprison or transport any person or persons contrary to this act, or be any ways advising, aiding or assisting therein, being lawfully convicted thereof, shall be disabled from thenceforth to bear any office of trust or profit within the said realm of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed, or any of the islands, territories or dominions thereunto belonging; and shall incur and sustain the pains, penalties and forfeitures limited, ordained and provided in and by the statute of provision and praemunire made in the sixteenth year of King Richard the Second; and be incapable of any pardon from the King, his heirs or successors, of the said forfeitures, losses or disabilities, or any of them.

12. Provided always, That nothing in this act shall extend to give benefit to any person who shall by contract in writing agree with any merchant or owner of any plantation, or other person whatsoever, to be transported to any parts beyond the seas, and receive earnest upon such agreement, although that afterwards such person shall renounce such contract.

13. Provided always, and be it enacted, That if any person or persons lawfully convicted of any felony, shall in open court pray to be transported beyond the seas, and the court shall thin}i fit to leave him or them in prison for that purpose, such person or persons may be transported into any parts beyond the seas, this act or any thing therein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

14. Provided also, and be it enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be deemed, construed or taken, to extend to the imprisonment of any person before the first day of June one thousand six hundred seventy and nine, or to any thing advised, procured, or otherwise done, relating to such imprisonment; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

15. Provided also, That if any person or persons at any time resiant in this realm, shall have committed any capital offence in Scotland or Ireland, or any of the islands, or foreign plantations of the King, his heirs or successors, where he or she ought to be tried for such offence, such person or persons may be sent to such place, there to receive such trial, in such manner as the same might have been used before the making of this act; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

16. Provided also, and be it enacted, That no person or persons shall be sued, impleaded, molested, or troubled for any offence against this act, unless the party offending be sued or impleaded for the same within two years at the most after such time wherein the offence shall be committed, in case the party grieved shall not be then in prison; and if he shall be in prison, then within the space of two years after the decease of the person imprisoned, or his or her delivery out of prison, which shall first happen.

17. And to the intent no person may avoid his trial at the assizes or general gaol-delivery, by procuring his removal before the assizes, at such time as he cannot be brought back to receive his trial there; be it enacted, That after the assizes proclaimed for that county where the prisoner is detained, no person shall be removed from the common gaol upon any habeas corpus granted in pursuance of this act, but upon any such habeas corpus shall be brought before the judge of assize in open court, who is thereupon to do what to justice shall appertain.

18. Provided nevertheless, That after the assizes are ended, any person or persons detained, may have his or her habeas corpus according to the direction and intention of this act.

19. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any information, suit or action shall be brought or exhibited against any person or persons for any offence committed or to be committed against the form of this law, it shall be lawful for such defendants to plead the general issue, that they are not guilty, or that they owe nothing, and to give such special matter in evidence to the jury that shall try the same, which matter being pleaded had been good and sufficient matter in law to have discharged the said defendant or defendants against the said information, suit or action, and the said matter shall be then as available to him or them, to all intents and purposes, as if he or they had sufficiently pleaded, set forth or alledged the same matter in bar or discharge of such information suit or action.

20. And because many times persons charged with petty treason or felony, or as accessaries thereunto, are committed upon suspicion only, whereupon they are bailable, or not, according as the circumstances making out that suspicion are more or less weighty, which are best known to the justices of peace that committed the persons, and have the examinations before them, or to other justices of the peace in the county; (2) be it therefore enacted, That where any person shall appear to be committed by any judge or justice of the peace and charged as accessary before the fact, to any petty treason or felony, or upon suspicion thereof, or with suspicion of petty treason or felony, which petty treason or felony shall be plainly and specially expressed in the warrant of commitment, that such person shall not be removed or bailed by virtue of this act, or in any other manner than they might have been before the making of this act.

 


Quellen: Günther Doeker, Malcolm Wirth / Das politische System Großbritanniens
Günther Franz, Staatsverfassungen der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, 1960 und 1975  Oldenbourg-Verlag
P.C. Mayer-Tasch, Die Verfassungen Europas, Verlag Kröner, 1966
Die Verfassungen der EG-Mitgliedstaaten (dtv 5554) 1., 3., 4. und 5. Auflage, dtv-Verlag
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