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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Parliamentary Privilege

David Clark

Subject(s):
Legislative oversight of the executive — Legislative independence — Legislative power — Legislative rules and restrictions

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. ‘Parliamentary privilege’, an English legal term, covers the sum of the powers and immunities of both the legislative bodies and legislative body members ( Erskine May 65 ; The Law of Parliamentary Privilege in New Zealand: 1996, 5 para. 15; Vaid para. 29). It is now regarded as an old-fashioned term, given that in modern English privilege often refers to matters that are undeserved and possibly elitist ( Gordon and Jack para. 13 ). Nevertheless, many common law states continue to use the term, as in the United States (Rules of the House of Representatives, 114...
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