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Type of claims bought under the Defamation Act

Under the Defamation Act a plaintiff can make two types of claims for defamation, these are claim for slander or libel. If the defamatory statement is in permanent form, it will be classified libel under the Defamation Act. However if […]


Limitation of claims under the Defamation Act

The limitation period for bringing a claim for defamation under section 5 of the Defamation Act 1996 is one year from the date on which the cause of action arises. This period applies for claims for libel, slander and malicious […]


Why do we have a Defamation Act?

Although it is accepted in a democratic society that individuals have a right to express their own views, this very right to freedom of expression can be abused and used to injure the reputation of others. This is why we […]


What is the Defamation Act?

The Defamation Act 1996 is an Act of Parliament introduced to amend the law of defamation and limitation for defamation or malicious falsehood claims. The Defamation Act 1996 defines the extent of the law on defamation. Defamation is when a […]


Should the Defamation Act be abolished?

The Defamation Act 1996 has been subject to much criticism over the last few years. Many critics have pointed out to the incontrovertible need for a system that places a higher value on the freedom of speech and freedom of […]


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