Supplementary Order Paper No 482

No 482

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Parliamentary Privilege Bill


Proposed amendments

Hon Gerry Brownlee, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 4(1)

In clause 4(1), after the definition of court (after page 7, line 26), insert:

District Court includes—

  • (a) a Family Court and a Youth Court; and

  • (b) a District Court sitting in its admiralty jurisdiction

In clause 4(1), definition of tribunal, after affirmation (page 9, line 24), insert , or with power to require (by, or without, a summons) the giving or supply (on, or without, oath or affirmation) of any kind or form of evidence or information.

New clause 4(3)

After clause 4(2) (after page 9, line 31), insert:

  • (3) A reference in this Act or in an enactment it amends to article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1688 is a reference to the ninth article of section 1 of the Bill of Rights 1688 so far as that article is part of the laws of New Zealand under section 3(1) and Schedule 1 of the Imperial Laws Application Act 1988.

New clause 33B

After clause 33A (after page 38, line 25), insert:

33B Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 amended
  • (1) This section amends the Imperial Laws Application Act 1988.

    (2) In Schedule 1, in the item relating to the Bill of Rights 1688, after section 1 [, insert the ninth article of which must be taken to have, in addition to any other operation, the effect specified in section 8A of the Parliamentary Privilege Act 2013, and.


Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper sets out minor and technical amendments to the Parliamentary Privilege Bill. The amendments—

  • ensure the definition of court covers expressly a Family Court, a Youth Court, and a District Court sitting in its admiralty jurisdiction (in line with the Supreme Court Act 2003 section 4 definitions of New Zealand court and District Court—and with the Judicature Modernisation Bill to make later consequential amendments, for example, to recognise the establishment of a unified District Court):

  • ensure the definition of tribunal also covers any person or body (other than the House, a committee, or a court) with power to require (by, or without, a summons) the giving or supply (on, or without, oath or affirmation) of any kind or form of evidence or information (for example, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office exercising information-gathering powers under section 5 or 9 of the Serious Fraud Office Act 1990):

  • clarify references to article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1688, and how the Bill relates to the Imperial Laws Application Act 1988.

Departmental disclosure statement

The Ministry of Justice considers that a departmental disclosure statement is not required to be prepared for this Supplementary Order Paper because there are no material policy changes.