The International Forum for Responsible Media Blog

Tag: Robert Sharp

Libel and the Crime and Courts Act: Why not commence the carrot? – Robert Sharp

In my recent post on the Malkiewicz v UK application, I noted two ideas for reducing exorbitant cost of defamation proceedings. One was to allow publication proceedings to be heard in the County Courts, taking advantage of the costs limitations imposed by the ‘small claims’ and ‘fast track’ procedural rules. Alternatively, a new specialist court or tribunal could handle such claims. Continue reading

Malkiewicz v United Kingdom: Time for the County Courts to Hear Defamation Cases? – Robert Sharp

It has long been accepted that the eye-watering costs of English libel litigation present a double ‘chill.’ On the one hand, the fear of having to defend a libel action means that many public interest news stories are spiked or watered down before publication. Meanwhile, when an ordinary person discovers that a lie has been published about them in a national newspaper, the cost of seeking redress is prohibitive. Bringing or defending a claim immediately puts a party on the hook for tens of thousands of pounds. If the case goes to trial then you risk paying a six-figure sum. Continue reading

© 2023 Inforrm's Blog

Theme by Anders NorénUp ↑