absolute privilege meaning

  "absolute privilege" in a sentence
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

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. The White House argued that there is an absolute privilege.
  2. And second, it is not an absolute privilege.
  3. It's an absolute privilege to be there, " he says.
  4. Publication for circulation among Members of Parliament is protected by absolute privilege under common law.
  5. Chin is right that no absolute privilege exists in state law between battered women and their counselors.

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