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is a legal term.
The book Termes de la Ley
Expositiones terminorum legum Angliae is a book by John Rastell. It, and The Abbreviacion of Statutis , are the best known of his legal works....
contains the following definition:
This passage was approved by Atkin and Duke LJJ in Meering v Grahame White Aviation Co
See also Bird v Jones
(1845) 7 QB 742, (1845) 115 ER 668
, (1845) 15 LJQB 82, (1845) 9 Jur 870, (1845) 10 JP 4, (1845) 5 LT (OS) 406.
Imprisonment without lawful cause is a tort
A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a wrong that involves a breach of a civil duty owed to someone else. It is differentiated from a crime, which involves a breach of a duty owed to society in general...
called false imprisonment
False imprisonment is a restraint of a person in a bounded area without justification or consent. False imprisonment is a common-law felony and a tort. It applies to private as well as governmental detention...
Imprisonment is a type of sentence
In law, a sentence forms the final explicit act of a judge-ruled process, and also the symbolic principal act connected to his function. The sentence can generally involve a decree of imprisonment, a fine and/or other punishments against a defendant convicted of a crime...
See also English criminal law#General power of Crown Court to impose a sentence of imprisonment on conviction on indictment.