5 Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—


to reaffirm the historic and constitutional purpose of the writ of habeas corpus as a vital means of safeguarding individual liberty:


to make better provision for restoring the liberty of persons unlawfully detained by establishing an effective procedure for applications to the High Court for the issue of a writ of habeas corpus, and the expeditious determination of those applications:


to provide certain unsuccessful parties in habeas corpus proceedings with a right of appeal to the Court of Appeal:


to abolish writs of habeas corpus other than the writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum.