|4||Protection of person acting under authority|
|5||Power of Assembly to summarily inquire and punish|
|6||Power to inquire and punish|
|7||Punishment for contravention of section 5|
|8||Proceedings on contravention of section 5|
|9||Decision of Assembly final|
1 (1) The Legislative Assembly and its committees and members have the privileges, immunities and powers that were held and exercised by the Commons House of Parliament of the United Kingdom and its committees and members on February 14, 1871, so far as not inconsistent with the Constitution Act and whether held or exercised by custom, statute or otherwise.
2 The Legislative Assembly may command and compel the attendance of persons or the production of papers and things before the Assembly or a committee of it, as the Assembly or committee considers necessary for its proceedings or deliberations.
3 If the Legislative Assembly requires a person to attend before the Assembly or a committee of it, the Speaker may issue a warrant or subpoena directed to a person named in the Assembly's order, requiring the person to attend before the Assembly or committee and to produce certain papers and things.
5 The Legislative Assembly has the rights and privileges of a court of record to summarily inquire into and punish, as breaches of privilege or as contempt of court, without prejudice to the liability of the offender to other prosecution and punishment, the following:
(c) offering to or acceptance of a bribe by a member of the Assembly to influence the member in proceedings as a member or offering to or acceptance of a fee, compensation or reward by a member for drafting, advising on, revising, promoting or opposing a Bill, resolution, matter or thing submitted to, or intended to be submitted to, the Assembly or a committee of it;
(i) forging, falsifying or unlawfully altering records of the Assembly or a committee of it, or a document or petition presented or filed, or intended to be presented or filed, before the Assembly or committee, or setting the name of another person to such a document or petition with intent to deceive;
(j) bringing a civil action or prosecution against, or causing or effecting an arrest or imprisonment of, a member of the Assembly in a civil proceeding, for a matter or thing brought by the member by petition, Bill, regulation, motion or otherwise, or said by the member before the Assembly;
6 For the purpose of this Act, the Assembly has all powers and jurisdiction necessary or expedient to inquire into, judge and pronounce on the matters listed in section 5 and to award and carry into execution the punishment of them provided for by this Act.
7 A person who, on an inquiry under section 5, appears to have done an act, matter or thing mentioned in that section, in addition to any other penalty or punishment to which the person may be subject, is liable to imprisonment for a period during the session of the Legislative Assembly then being held as may be determined by the Assembly.
8 If the Legislative Assembly declares a person guilty of contempt for an act, matter or thing mentioned in section 5, and directs the person to be taken into custody or imprisoned, the Speaker must issue a warrant to the Sergeant at Arms attending the House, or to the warden or keeper of the common jail for the County of Victoria, to take the person into custody and to keep and detain the person in accordance with the order of the Assembly.
9 The determination of the Legislative Assembly on a proceeding under this Act, and within the legislative authority of British Columbia, is final and conclusive.
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