Defamation Act 2009
Lodgment of money in settlement of action.
29.— (1) In an action for damages for defamation the defendant may, upon giving notice in writing to the plaintiff, pay a sum of money into court in satisfaction of the action when filing his or her defence to the action.
(2) A payment to which this section applies shall be deemed to be a payment under such rule of court for the time being in force as provides for the payment into court of a sum of money in satisfaction of an action for damages for defamation.
(3) Where a payment to which this section applies is made, the plaintiff in the action concerned may accept the payment—
( a) in accordance with the rule referred to in subsection (2), or
( b) inform the court in which the action was brought, on notice to the defendant, of his or her acceptance of the payment in full settlement of the action.
(4) The defendant shall not be required to admit liability in an action for damages for defamation when making a payment to which this section applies.