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Legal issuesE+W+S+N.I.

41Proceedings by or against Assembly etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Proceedings by or against the Assembly are to be instituted by or against the Assembly Commission on behalf of the Assembly.

(2)Proceedings by or against—

(a)the Presiding Officer or Deputy Presiding Officer, or

(b)a member of the staff of the Assembly,

are (unless instituted against or by the Assembly Commission) to be instituted by or against the Assembly Commission on behalf of the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officer or member of staff.

(3)In any proceedings against the Assembly the court must not grant a mandatory, prohibiting or quashing order or an injunction, make an order for specific performance or stay the proceedings but may instead make a declaration.

(4)In any proceedings against—

(a)any Assembly member,

(b)the Presiding Officer or Deputy Presiding Officer,

(c)any member of the staff of the Assembly, or

(d)the Assembly Commission,

the court must not grant a mandatory, prohibiting or quashing order or an injunction, make an order for specific performance or stay the proceedings if the effect of doing so would be to give any relief against the Assembly which could not have been given in proceedings against the Assembly.

(5)References in this section to an order include an order which is not final.

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Commencement Information

I1Ss. 1-94, 97-106 in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

42DefamationE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For the purposes of the law of defamation—

(a)any statement made in Assembly proceedings, and

(b)the publication under the authority of the Assembly of any statement,

is absolutely privileged.

(2)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make provision for and in connection with establishing in any legal proceedings that any statement or publication is absolutely privileged by virtue of subsection (1).

(3)No regulations are to be made under subsection (2) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing them has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Assembly.

(4)In this section “statement” has the same meaning as in the Defamation Act 1996 (c. 31).

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Commencement Information

I2Ss. 1-94, 97-106 in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

43Contempt of courtE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The strict liability rule does not apply in relation to any publication—

(a)made in, for the purposes of, or for purposes incidental to, Assembly proceedings, or

(b)to the extent that it consists of a report of Assembly proceedings which either is made by or under the authority of the Assembly or is fair and accurate and made in good faith.

(2)In subsection (1)—

  • the strict liability rule”, and

  • publication”,

have the same meaning as in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (c. 49).

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Commencement Information

I3Ss. 1-94, 97-106 in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

44Corrupt practicesE+W+S+N.I.

The Assembly and the Assembly Commission are public bodies for the purposes of the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 1916.

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Commencement Information

I4Ss. 1-94, 97-106 in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

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