I read a sentence in my "Politics" book which was:

Several High Courts gave judgements that even after the declaration of emergency, the courts could entertain a writ of Habeas Corpus filed by a person challenging his/her detention.

Now the verb "entertain", in legal context, means "to receive and take into consideration" and the noun "writ" means "a written statement directing somebody to do something". So I think there should be "issue a writ" instead of "entertain a writ(which would imply that court is reviewing a petitioner's order)". Am I right?

  • I'm deeply suspicious of the idea that entertain has that specific meaning "in legal contexts". So far as I'm concerned, the relevant definition here is the Full Oxford English Dictionary's 9b To give consideration to (an idea, request, etc.); to think about, contemplate. You should understand the text as meaning The courts could consider the possibility of [issuing] a writ of Habeas Corpus. Jun 21, 2019 at 11:42

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My understanding is that in this situation, "to entertain" is closer to "to take into consideration".

the courts could take into consideration (writing) a writ of

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