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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Parliamentary Privilege

David Clark

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 December 2019

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, 114th...
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