SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (POWERS AND PRIVILEGES) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

 

Legal Proceedings

   3   Immunity from legal proceedings

   4   Privileges

 

Evidence

   5   Power to order attendance of witnesses

   6   Attendance to be notified by summons

   7   Witnesses may be examined on oath

   8   Objection to answer question or to produce papers

   9   Privileges of witnesses

   10   Certificate issued to witnesses making full disclosure to be a bar to civil or criminal proceedings

   11   Evidence of-proceedings in House or committee not to be given without leave

   12   Questions relating to evidence and production of documents before either House or a committee to be determined in accordance with usage of Parliament

 

Regulation of Admittance to the House

   13   Right to enter House

   14   Power of appropriate authority to regulate admittance to either House

   15   Power of appropriate authority to order withdrawal from House

 

Offences and Penalties

   16   False evidence

   17   Offences relating to admittance to either House

   18   Other offences

   19   Officers of both Houses to have powers of constable

   20   Director of Public Prosecutions to sanction prosecution

   21   Members not to receive compensation for promotion or opposition of bills, etc

   22   Recovery of penalties

 

Miscellaneous

   23   Commons Journals to be prima facie evidence in enquiries touching privilege.

   24   Journals printed by order oil either House to be admitted as evidence

   25   Penalty for printing false copy of Act, etc

   26   Protection of persons responsible for publications authorised by either House

   27   Publication of proceedings without malice

   28   Powers of President and Speaker to be supplementary to their powers under Jamaica Constitution

   29   Courts not to exercise jurisdiction in respect of acts of President, Speaker and officers of either House

   30   Civil process not to be served within precincts of either House

 

THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (POWERS AND PRIVILEGES) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 13th December 1945]

Cap 216.

Laws
46 of 1959,
33 of 1961.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Senate and House of Representatives (Powers and Privileges) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "appropriate authority" means, where used in relation to the Senate or any committee thereof or any joint committee, the President, and where used in relation to the House of Representatives or any committee thereof, the Speaker;

   "Clerk" means, where used in relation to the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate, and where used in relation to the House of Representatives, the Clerk of the House of Representatives;

   "committee" not preceded by the word "joint" means any standing, select or other committee of either House; and in sections 6 to 11 (both inclusive) and in sections 16 and 18 means a committee duly authorised by a resolution of the House by which such committee was appointed under section 5;

   "House" means either the Senate or the House of Representatives;

   "joint committee" means any standing, select or other committee appointed by both Houses, and in sections 6 to 11 (both inclusive) and in sections 16 and 18 means a committee duly authorised by resolutions of both Houses under section 5;

   "journals" means the minutes of either House or the official record of the votes or proceedings thereof;

   "member" means any member of either House;

   "officer of either House" means the Clerk or any other officer or person acting within the precincts of either House under the orders, in the case of the Senate, of the President, or, in the case of the House of Representatives, of the Speaker, and includes any constable on duty within the precincts of either House;

   "precincts of the House" means the entire building in which either House sits in session for the transaction of business, together with the offices of such House and the galleries or places provided for the use or accommodation of strangers, members of the public and representatives of the press:

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