Statistics: Defamation claims in Ireland at an all time high, twenty times higher than the rate of claims in England and Wales

25 07 2018

The Annual Report of the Courts Service of Ireland [pdf] reveals that defamation claims are at an all time high, with 152 claims issued in the High Court and 135 claims issued in the Circuit Court, a total of 287. Read the rest of this entry »

Judicial Statistics, 2016: Issued defamation claims down by 17%, lowest recorded number in modern times

6 06 2017

The most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2016 – show a further small decline in the number of issued defamation claims.  These are by down by 17% on 2015.  In 2016 there were 112 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) as opposed to 135 in 2015 (and 227 in 2014). Read the rest of this entry »

Defamation Trials, Summary Determinations and Assessments: 2012 to 2013

4 10 2013

statistics-graphsThis post records the “final determinations” of libel cases by High Court judges in the legal year: October 2012 – July 2013. It shows a slight increase in the number of trials over the previous year (from 5 to 7).  Defendants continue have a better success rate than claimants (2012/13 – 56%; 2011/12 – 67%, 2011/12 – 59%). Read the rest of this entry »