Defamation Act 2009


Amendment of certain enactments.

7.— (1) Section 77 of the Courts of Justice Act 1924 is amended, in paragraph (i) (inserted by section 4( a) of the Courts Act 1991), by the substitution of “the tort of defamation” for the words “slander, libel”.

(2) The Civil Liability Act 1961 is amended—

( a) in section 11, by—

(i) the substitution, in subsection (5), of “defamatory statement” for the words “libel or slander”, and

(ii) the insertion of the following subsection:

“(7) In this section ‘ defamatory statement ’ has the same meaning as it has in the Defamation Act 2009.”,


( b) in section 14(6), by the substitution of “a defamation action under the Defamation Act 2009” for the words “an action for libel or slander”.