Northern Ireland Law Commission Consultation on Defamation: Part 2, Withdrawal of the ‘single meaning rule’ coupled with a bar to proceedings where meanings corrected – Andrew Scott

12 02 2015

High-Court-BelfastThe Northern Ireland Law Commission is currently consulting on reforms to defamation law [pdf]. Many mooted reforms relate closely to those reflected in the Defamation Act 2013 (see Part 1). In addition, the NILC is consulting on the desirability of a further reform option. This would comprise two inter-related changes: first, the withdrawal of the “single meaning rule”, and secondly, the introduction of a bar to the bringing of claims where a publisher has corrected or retracted a possible meaning promptly and prominently. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Ireland Law Commission Consultation on Defamation: Part 1, Possible Revisions to Defamation Act 2013 – Andrew Scott

11 02 2015

nilc-logoWhile the Defamation Bill progressed through Parliament, neither the Scottish Parliament nor the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a consent motion to extend the legislation to those jurisdictions in full (the former did adopt sections 6 and 7 of the Act). Last week, the Scottish Law Commission announced that defamation would comprise one element of its ninth programme of law reform. The NI Law Commission has published a study of the law and is currently consulting on possible reforms [pdf]. The consultation closes on 20 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »