Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014

Version as at 28 October 2021

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Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014

Public Act
2014 No 58
Date of assent
7 August 2014
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives.


3Purposes of this Act
4Interpretation of this Act
6Act binds the Crown
7Purpose of parliamentary privilege
8Privileges exercisable and part of laws of New Zealand, journals as evidence
9Article 9 to be taken to have specified effect
10Proceedings in Parliament defined
11Facts, liability, and judgments or orders
12Production or use of documents or oral evidence House or committee received in private, or as secret evidence
13Use of certain documents in interpretation of legislation
14Operation of Parts 3 and 4
15Use of proceedings to establish, without impeaching or questioning, historical events or other facts
16Subpart is for avoidance of doubt, and does not apply to existing court or tribunal proceedings
17Communications of proceedings in Parliament, related documents, or specified copies
18Effect and operation of qualified immunity under this Act
19Delayed communication to public, not under House’s authority, of proceedings in Parliament
20Communication of certain parliamentary documents
21Other laws unaffected
22House may impose fine on person determined by House to have committed contempt of House
23Members’ seats become vacant only as provided in Electoral Act 1993
24House or committee may administer oath or affirmation
25Privileges and immunities of witness giving evidence on oath or affirmation
26Member or officer may apply to Speaker for certificate exempting from attendance
27Speaker determines application for exemption certificate
28Extent of exemption under certificate granted
29Order or certificate exempting Speaker from attendance
30Effect of certificate or order
31Judicial notice must be taken of Speaker’s signature
31ACopies of parliamentary journals to be evidence
32Existing court or tribunal proceedings
33Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 amended
34Defamation Act 1992 amended
35Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 amended
36Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 amended
37Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996 amended
38Legislature Act 1908 and Legislature Amendment Act 1992 repealed

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: