The Department of Finance has announced a review of Defamation Law in Northern Ireland and is asking those with an interest to share their views.
The Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) received Royal Assent in June 2022 and introduced a number of changes to the law here, including the removal of the presumption in favour of trial by jury in defamation cases. In line with the Act, the department is now reviewing the defamation law in Northern Ireland, including how the Act has been operating.
The department now wishes to engage with stakeholders, to gauge their views on how the Act has changed defamation law and practice in Northern Ireland and obtain their opinion on other aspects, including those raised during the debate on the Act in 2022.
Further details on the review, including how to have your say, can be found at https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/review-defamation-law-northern-ireland
The review will run from 13 November 2023 until 26 January 2024. Following this the department will formally report on its findings.