Defamation claims in 2018 up by 70%, the highest number for nine years, will Lachaux reverse the trend?

11 06 2019

In advance of tomorrow’s eagerly awaited Supreme Court “serious harm” decision in Lachaux v Independent Print, the 2018 Judicial Statistics show, for the second year running, a substantial increase in the number of issued defamation claims. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2018, five applications recorded, substantial reduction from 2017

26 03 2019

The Ministry of Justice has published the privacy injunction statistics for 2018.  These record a total of 5 new interim privacy injunction applications. Of these 3 were granted, one was refused and one was withdrawn. The statistics are to be found in Section 7 of the Civil Justice Quarterly for October to December 2018 [pdf], published earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics, 2017: Issued defamation claims up by 40%, highest for three years

26 06 2018

The most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2017 – show a substantial increase in the number of issued defamation claims.  These are up by 40% on 2016.  In 2017 there were 156 defamation claims issued in London (where the large majority of claims are brought) as opposed to 112 in 2016 (and 135 in 2015). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2016, three applications recorded, statistics incomplete

28 04 2017

The tables [xls] published with most recent Ministry of Justice, Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly Bulletin state that there were three applications for privacy injunctions in 2016, with two being granted and one refused.  It is clear, however, that these official statistics underestimate the number of injunction applications. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2016 – Olivia O’Kane

13 02 2017

Northern IrelandI have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2016.  These figures are based on a search of the Court’s records for the period 1 January to 31 December 2016. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2015 published

13 03 2016

ministry-of-justiceAccording to the tables published with most recent Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly Bulletin [xls] there were three applications for privacy injunctions in 2015, with two being granted and one refused.  These official statistics may, however, underestimate the number of injunction applications. Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics: 2013 Defamation claims down 24%, no privacy injunctions Jan-June 2014

24 10 2014

ministry-of-justiceWe have, once again belatedly, caught up with the most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2013.  These show a substantial decrease in the number of issued defamation claims, down 24% from 2012.  In 2013 there were 142 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) – as opposed to 186 in 2012.  This is the lowest annual figure since 2002 and appears to be the second lowest of all time. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2013, numbers stabilise – Olivia O’Kane

21 03 2014

High-Court-BelfastCourt records show that the number of libel cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2013 remains at a similar level to 2011 and 2012.  The total of all claims, in the High Court and the County Court, was 32 in 2012 and 30 in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy, no new injunctions granted in last 6 months of 2013

19 03 2014

ministry-of-justiceThe Ministry of Justice has produced its statistical bulletin [pdf] for privacy injunctions, July to December 2013.  This shows that there was one application for new privacy injunction in this period – which was refused. This is the lowest figure since the statistics were first published for the period August to December 2011.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Statistics the Press Complaints Commission Would Rather You Didn’t See – Brian Cathcart

4 02 2014

pccYou might think that any institution dedicated to upholding an industry’s code of practice would want to be clear how many times that code was broken and which companies were the most frequent offenders. Not the Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”). Read the rest of this entry »