The Law Reform Commission has published an Issues Paper on reporting of Court proceedings.
The paper identifies that the Attorney General has requested the Commission: “to examine the appropriateness of enshrining in our laws a provision that no report of Court proceedings should be actionable in defamation in the absence of proof of malice, and further to institute such proceedings the proposed Plaintiff should first have to seek leave of the Court and demonstrate on Affidavit the mala fides alleged”.
The Issues Paper gives an overview of the Defamation Act 2009, and goes on to pose various questions on the issue. Interested parties can make submissions on the Issues Paper and the various questions posed up to the 26 October 2018. Full details can be found here.
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