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Official Immunity

Learn about government officials’ absolute and qualified immunity from suit.


I.          Introduction

As we discuss in another lesson, private plaintiffs who seek to sue governmental officers must have a valid cause of action. But a valid cause of action isn’t enough. Even if a plaintiff has a cause of action, official immunity may render the defendant immune from suit.

The two categories of official immunities, absolute and qualified, protect government officials from particular types of private-party...