Judicial Privilege Law and Legal Definition

Judicial Privilege refers to the privilege protecting any statement made in the course of and with reference to a judicial proceeding by any judge, juror, party, witness, or advocate. This privilege is also referred to as courtroom privilege.

However, this privilege is not absolute, but applies only where: (1) the statements involved were made during the course of judicial proceedings; and (2) they were relevant to the subject of inquiry. Statements made during the course of judicial proceedings which are irrelevant to the proceedings are entitled to only a "qualified privilege. [Stucchio v. Huffstetler, 720 So. 2d 288, 289 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 1998)]