Role and responsibilities
The Committee for the Scrutiny of Elections, Immunity and the Rules of Procedure is responsible for parliament’s internal affairs and performs three main functions: Firstly, after every Bundestag election, it deals with any objections to the conduct of the election. Secondly, it is the guardian of Members’ immunity, the purpose of which is to protect them from unjustified criminal prosecution, preserve parliament’s ability to function effectively and maintain its standing. Thirdly, with its 19 Members, the Committee intervenes in the business of parliament as a kind of referee. It is responsible for the interpretation and amendment of the Rules of Procedure, and seeks to facilitate the resolution of procedural conflicts that arise in the plenary and the committees.