Monthly Archives: December 2013

Defamation Act 2013 to come into force on 1 January 2014

Lord McNally has confirmed that the Defamation Act 2013 will come into force on New Year’s Day.   The Act reforms elements of English defamation law and, in other areas, codifies the existing law.  The Act received Royal Assent in April of this year, but its implementation has been delayed pending the approval of Regulations that will govern a new defence available to the operators of websites in certain circumstances.  These Regulations – The Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013  –  have now been approved and will also come into force on 1 January 2014.

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