Cepi Corpus Et Paratum Habeo Law and Legal Definition

The maxim, cepi corpus et paratum habeo means I have the body and I have it ready. Cepi corpus et paratum habeo are formal words used in the return on a writ for the arrest of a person. Such words are used in a return made by the sheriff to a capias ad respondendum, which signified that he had the defendant ready to bring into court.