On 28 November 2011 the New South Wales Court of Appeal determined that defamatory statements uttered by police doing their work are protected by both forms of qualified privilege – statutory and common law ([2011] NSWCA 370).   In a case which involved police officers uttering defamatory statements the Court of Appeal upheld both forms of qualified privilege and held that there was no evidence that they were motivated by malice.  As a result, the defendant’s appeal was allowed. Continue reading