Parliamentary Privilege Bill

  • enacted

Hon Gerry Brownlee

Parliamentary Privilege Bill

Government Bill

179—2

As reported from the Privileges Committee

Contents

Commentary

Key

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
General provisions

3 Purposes of this Act

3A Interpretation of this Act

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Subpart 2Privileges generally of House, committees, and members

6 Purpose of parliamentary privilege

7 Privileges held and part of laws of New Zealand, journals as evidence

Subpart 3Provisions related to Article 9 of Bill of Rights 1688 or to proceedings in Parliament

Aspects of effect and meaning of Article 9

8 Parliamentary privilege in court or tribunal proceedings

Absolute privilege

9 Proceedings in Parliament

10 Effective repetition statements

11 Live broadcasts of proceedings in Parliament

12 Ordered or authorised delayed broadcasts or rebroadcasts of proceedings in Parliament

13 Publication of certain parliamentary documents or reports

Official report of proceedings in Parliament

14 Hansard

Stays of court or tribunal proceedings in respect of specified publications

15 Parliamentary paper published by order or under authority of House

16 Publication of copy of authorised parliamentary paper

Qualified privilege

17 Effect and operation of qualified privilege under this Act

18 Other delayed broadcasts or rebroadcasts of proceedings in Parliament

19 Publication of certain parliamentary documents or reports

Relationship with other laws

20 Other laws about absolute privilege or qualified privilege unaffected

Subpart 4 House's power to fine for contempt

21 House may impose fine on person determined by House to have committed contempt of House

Subpart 5House has no power to expel from membership of House

22 Members' seats become vacant only as provided in Electoral Act 1993

Subpart 6Parliamentary witnesses

23 House or committee may administer oath or affirmation

24 Privileges and immunities of witness giving evidence on oath or affirmation

Subpart 7Members' and certain officers' participation in court or tribunal proceedings

25 Member or officer may apply to Speaker for certificate exempting from attendance

26 Speaker determines application for exemption certificate

27 Extent of exemption under certificate granted

28 Order or certificate exempting Speaker from attendance

29 Effect of certificate or order

Subpart 8Judicial notice of Speaker's certificates

30 Judicial notice must be taken of Speaker's signature

Part 1A
Parliamentary privilege: fundamental provisions

Subpart 1Privileges generally of House, committees, and members

6 Purpose of parliamentary privilege

7 Privileges exercisable and part of laws of New Zealand, journals as evidence

Subpart 2Effect of Article 9 of Bill of Rights 1688, and proceedings in Parliament defined

Reaffirmation, and clarification of aspects, of Article 9

8A Article 9 to be taken to have specified effect

Definition

8B Proceedings in Parliament defined

Scope of prohibited impeaching or questioning, in court or tribunal proceedings, of proceedings in Parliament

8C Facts, liability, and judgments or orders

8D Production or use of documents or oral evidence House or committee received in private, or as secret evidence

8E Use of certain documents in interpretation of legislation

8F Operation of Parts 1B and 1C

8G Use of proceedings to establish, without impeaching or questioning, historical events or other facts

Subpart is declaratory, and prospective only

8H Subpart is for avoidance of doubt, and does not apply to existing court or tribunal proceedings

Part 1B
Communicating proceedings in Parliament

Subpart 1Stays of court or tribunal proceedings in respect of specified communications

15 Communications of proceedings in Parliament, related documents, or specified copies

Subpart 2Qualified immunity from civil or criminal liability

17 Effect and operation of qualified immunity under this Act

18 Delayed communication to public, not under House's authority, of proceedings in Parliament

19 Communication of certain parliamentary documents

20 Other laws unaffected

Part 1C
Parliamentary privilege: other provisions

Subpart 1House's power to fine for contempt

21 House may impose fine on person determined by House to have committed contempt of House

Subpart 2House has no power to expel from membership of House

22 Members' seats become vacant only as provided in Electoral Act 1993

Subpart 3Parliamentary witnesses

23 House or committee may administer oath or affirmation

24 Privileges and immunities of witness giving evidence on oath or affirmation

Subpart 4Members' and certain officers' participation in court or tribunal proceedings

25 Member or officer may apply to Speaker for certificate exempting from attendance

26 Speaker determines application for exemption certificate

27 Extent of exemption under certificate granted

28 Order or certificate exempting Speaker from attendance

29 Effect of certificate or order

Subpart 5Judicial notice of Speaker's signature on certificates

30 Judicial notice must be taken of Speaker's signature

Part 2
Savings provision, related amendments, and repeals

Savings provision

31 Existing court or tribunal proceedings

32 Existing determinations, and approved form or rules, relating to Hansard

Related amendments

32A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 amended

33 Defamation Act 1992 amended

33A Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 amended

34 Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996 amended

Repeals

35 Legislature Act 1908 and Legislature Amendment Act 1992 repealed

Legislative history


The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: