Defamation Law and the One Year Rule
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Released 15 January 2008
If you have been defamed you must sue for defamation within one year of the
statement being made(section 4(a), Limitation Act 1980). It is not a rule which
is avoidable as it is subject to the court's broad discretion to extend the
limitation period in circumstances where it is equitable to do so
The court will have regard to a number of prescribed factors, such as the
reasons for the delay and the effect of the delay on the reliability of
evidence. However it needs to be borne in mind that the law is seen to protect
one's feelings from perhaps ridicule hatred and contempt. The law considers a
period of one year to be a realistic period for someone to complain.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-01-27 15:35:24 in Legal Articles