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Defamation Bill [HL]


 

Defamation Bill [HL]

 

 
 

Contents

Defences

1   

Responsible publication on matters of public interest

2   

Honest opinion

3   

Establishing a defence of honest opinion

4   

Truth

5   

Establishing a defence of truth

Statutory privilege

6   

Reports of court proceedings protected by absolute privilege

7   

Reports etc of certain Parliamentary matters protected by absolute privilege

8   

Other reports etc protected by qualified privilege

Publication

9   

Responsibility for publication

10   

Multiple publications

Cause of action

11   

Action for defamation brought by body corporate

12   

Striking out where claimant suffers no substantial harm

13   

Harmful event in cases of publication outside the jurisdiction

Trial by jury

14   

Reversal of presumption of trial by a jury in defamation proceedings

15   

Determining an application for trial by a jury

Evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament

16   

Evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament

Miscellaneous and supplementary

17   

Interpretation

18   

Minor and consequential provision

19   

Repeals

 

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Extent

21   

Commencement

22   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Qualified privilege

Part 1   —   

Statements having qualified privilege without explanation or

contradiction

Part 2   —   

Statements privileged subject to explanation or contradiction

Part 3   —   

Supplementary provisions

Schedule 2   —   

Minor and consequential amendments

Schedule 3   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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