Immunity (legal)


Immunity (legal)

In law, immunity is the status of a person or body that places them beyond the law and makes them free from legal obligations, such as liability for torts or damages or prosecution under criminal law.

* Amnesty law, immunity from past crimes

* Judicial immunity, immunity of a judge or magistrate in the course of their official duties

* Prosecutorial immunity, immunity granted to a witness in exchange for testimony

* Parliamentary immunity, granted to elected representative officials during their tenure and in the course of their duties

* Diplomatic immunity, agreement between sovereign governments to exclude diplomats from local laws

* Sovereign immunity, preventing a lawsuit or prosecution against a monarch, ruler, or government, without their consent

* Qualified immunity, in the United States, of individuals performing tasks as part of the government's actions

* Immunity from prosecution (international law), excluding governments or their officials from prosecution under international law


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