Definition of public interest immunity in English:

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public interest immunity

noun

[mass noun]
(In the UK and some Commonwealth countries) a principle by which the government can request that sensitive documents are not used as evidence in a trial, on the grounds that to do so would be against the public or national interest.
Example sentences
  • Note that public interest immunity attaches to copies of documents unlike the position in relation to legal professional privilege which only extends to an original document.
  • It will avoid the need to consider issues of public interest immunity which could otherwise complicate the trial.
  • Well, people refer to public interest immunity as privilege but I do not know whether that is necessarily correct.

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