Chapter 9 - Standing Order No 52 - Order for the production of documents
Standing Order No. 52
Order for the production of documents
(9) The Clerk is to maintain a register showing the name of any person examining documents tabled under this order.
(1) The House may order documents to be tabled in the House. The Clerk is to communicate to the Premier’s Department, all orders for documents made by the House.
(2) When returned, the documents will be laid on the table by the Clerk.
(3) A return under this order is to include an indexed list of all documents tabled, showing the date of creation of the document, a description of the document and the author of the document.
(4) If at the time the documents are required to be tabled the House is not sitting, the documents may be lodged with the Clerk, and unless privilege is claimed, are deemed to be have been presented to the House and published by authority of the House.
(5) Where a document is considered to be privileged:
(a) a return is to be prepared showing the date of creation of the document, a description of the document, the author of the document and reasons for the claim of privilege,
(6) Any member may, by communication in writing to the Clerk, dispute the validity of the claim of privilege in relation to a particular document or documents. On receipt of such communication, the Clerk is authorised to release the disputed document or documents to an independent legal arbiter, for evaluation and report within seven calendar days as to the validity of the claim.
(b) the documents are to be delivered to the Clerk by the date and time required in the resolution of the House and:
(i) made available only to members of the Legislative Council,
(ii) not published or copied without an order of the House.
(7) The independent legal arbiter is to be appointed by the President and must be a Queen’s Counsel, a Senior Counsel or a retired Supreme Court Judge.
(8) A report from the independent legal arbiter is to be lodged with the Clerk and:
(a) made available only to members of the House,
(b) not published or copied without an order of the House.
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