News: Defamation Bill Consultation Launched- few surprises and little radicalism

15 03 2011

As mentioned in our earlier post, the Government has today launched its Consultation on a new draft “Defamation Bill”, following on Lord Lester’s 2010 private member’s version.  The new bill contains few surprises, adding little to its “private predecessor” and removing two controversial clauses, relating to ISPs and corporations.  It deals with eight main areas: “substantial harm”, the defences of public interest, truth, honest comment and privilege, “single publication”, libel tourism and trial by jury. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Draft Defamation Bill to be published today

15 03 2011

The Government’s draft Defamation Bill will be published today by the Ministry of Justice.  This is in accordance with the Ministry of Justice’s Business Plan published on 8 November 2011.  The timetable laid down had the “development” stage for draft Defamation Bill, ending in March 2011 with a consultation period on the draft bill ending in June 2011 and then a period of “amendment” in the light of the consultation response of 9 months, ending in April 2012 – with the bill being introduced in Parliament in May 2012. Read the rest of this entry »