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Defamation Bill


 

Defamation Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, are published

separately as Bill 5—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Secretary Kenneth Clarke has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of

the Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Defamation Bill are compatible with the Convention

rights.

 
Bill 555/2
 

 


 

Defamation Bill

 

 
 

Contents

Requirement of serious harm

1   

Serious harm

Defences

2   

Truth

3   

Honest opinion

4   

Responsible publication on matter of public interest

5   

Operators of websites

6   

Peer-reviewed statement in scientific or academic journal etc

7   

Reports etc protected by privilege

Single publication rule

8   

Single publication rule

Jurisdiction

9   

Action against a person not domiciled in the UK or a Member State etc

10   

Action against a person who was not the author, editor etc

Trial by jury

11   

Trial to be without a jury unless the court orders otherwise

Summary of court judgment

12   

Power of court to order a summary of its judgment to be published

Slander

13   

Special damage

General provisions

14   

Meaning of “publish” and “statement”

15   

Consequential amendments and savings etc

16   

Short title, commencement and extent

 

Bill 5                                                                                                  

55/2

 
 

 
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