826. Privileges as regards legal proceedings.

A peer is at all times free from arrest in civil cases1. The distinction between civil and criminal process depends upon whether the arrest is to punish a breach of the law or merely to compel performance of a civil obligation2. Process for contempt of court may be served against him only if the contempt is by its nature or by its incidents criminal3. Since the ordinary remedies against a receiver are not available against him, a peer ought not to be appointed as a receiver4. A court order may, however, be enforced against a peer by sequestration5.

Where a