PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES
—(1) No Member shall be liable to any civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages by reason of any matter or thing which he may have brought before Parliament or a committee by petition, bill, resolution, motion, or otherwise or may have said in Parliament or in committee.
(2) No person shall be liable to any civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages by reason of any act done under the authority of Parliament or the Speaker and within its or his legal powers or under any warrant issued by virtue of those powers.
—(1) Any person being a defendant in any civil or criminal proceedings instituted for or on account or in respect of the publication by such person or by his employee, by order or under the authority of Parliament or any committee, of any reports, papers or journals may on giving to the plaintiff or prosecutor, as the case may be, 24 hours’ written notice of his intention, bring before the court in which the civil or criminal proceedings are being held a certificate under the hand of the Speaker or of the Clerk stating that the reports, papers or journals in respect whereof the civil or criminal proceedings have been instituted were published by that person or by his employee by order or under the authority of Parliament or any committee.
(2) The court shall thereupon immediately stay the civil or criminal proceedings, and the same and every process issued therein shall be deemed to be finally determined.
8. In any civil or criminal proceedings instituted for printing or publishing any extract from or abstract of any report, paper or journal as in section 7 mentioned, if the court is satisfied that the extract or abstract was printed or published bona fide and without malice, judgment shall be entered for the defendant or accused.
—(1) It shall not be lawful —
to require any Member or officer of Parliament to serve as an assessor on any tribunal; or
while in attendance on Parliament or any committee, to compel such person to attend as a witness in any court or tribunal or at any commission of inquiry or committee of inquiry or before any like authority empowered to summon witnesses.
(2) The production of a certificate signed by the Speaker or the chairman of the committee shall be deemed sufficient proof of attendance on Parliament or the committee.
10. Except for a contravention of this Act, no Member shall be liable to arrest, detention or molestation in respect of any matter which may be the subject of any civil proceedings while proceeding to, or in attendance at, or returning from, any sitting of Parliament or any committee.
11. Notwithstanding anything in any written law and except in respect of a contravention of this Act, no civil or criminal process may be served or executed —
in Parliament or in the precincts thereof while Parliament is sitting; or
in any room in Parliament while a committee is sitting therein.