Draft Defamation Bill

Closed 10 Jun 2011

Opened 15 Mar 2011

Results updated 8 Mar 2012

Summary of responses

A comprehensive summary of the responses received to the draft Defamation Bill consultation. The Government’s conclusions in relation to the development of a substantive Bill and other policy proposals will be published in due course following further consideration of the responses together with the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill published on 19 October 2011





The draft Defamation Bill and accompanying consultation paper contain provisions reforming the law to strike the right balance between protection of freedom of speech and protection of reputation.

This consultation seeks views on the draft Bill.


  • Businesses
  • Citizens
  • Claims management services
  • Coroners
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Youth workers
  • Litigants
  • Young people
  • Charities


  • Defamation