Despite the Defamation Act 2013 raising the threshold for bringing a defamation claim, the most recent annual Judicial Statistics reveal a significant increase in the number of defamation claims (323 issued in 2019).
This represent an increase of 22% compared to 2018 (when 265 defamation claims were issued) and a staggering 107% increase compared to 2017 (when “only” 156 defamation claims were issued). It may be that the ability to publish defamatory statements on the internet is driving this significant increase. If one of the aims of the Defamation Act 2013 was to reduce the number of defamation claims, it has failed spectacularly. The relevant figures are in table 3.20:
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