Question of Privilege Law and Legal Definition

Question of Privilege is a term used in parliamentary law and procedure. It refers to an urgent motion made at a meeting which seeks an immediate ruling on an alleged violation of the rights or privileges of members as a whole, or in regards to a negative personal remark. A question of privilege is directed at the chair. It will be allowed to interrupt a speaker if the chair determines that the alleged question of privilege is of an urgent nature. A question of privilege is resolved by the chair of a meeting. It is not a matter for the whole assembly to debate unless the chair defers to the assembly or if the chair’s ruling is appealed to the assembly.