absolute privilege meaning

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  • noun (law)
      A privilege that protects speakers in a parliament, law court, etc in making (even malicious) statements from the floor, from possible charges under the laws of slander

  • [Law]
    The defence that a statement cannot be made the subject of an action for defamation because it was made in Parliament, in papers ordered to be published by either House of Parliament, in judicial proceedings or a fair and accurate newspaper or broadcast report of judicial proceedings, or in an official communication between certain officers of state. Under the Defamation Act 1996, the defence is also available for those reporting proceedings of the European Court of Justice. Under certain circumstances defined by the 1996 Act the absolute privilege accorded to statements or proceedings in Parliament may be waived . (waiver of privilege) to permit evidence to be adduced III an action for defamation.Compare QUALIFIED PRNILEGE.


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  1. In May 1992, the absolute privilege as a member of the Oireachtas to avoid a lawsuit.
  2. It's been an absolute privilege to play a part in forming and growing a club ."
  3. That guy knows what he is talking about and it was an absolute privilege to work alongside him ."
  4. After the showdown that sent her to jail, Langhammer supported legislation to extend absolute privilege to rape crisis center records.
  5. If it is an absolute privilege, it means that if even if there is malice, you are not liable for it,

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