29 December 2010
Defamation consultation set to begin in Scotland this month
The Scottish government will begin a consultation into the legislation surrounding the defamation of the dead on December 31st 2010.
It will look at whether any changes need to be made to the regulations that preserve the reputation of people who have passed away, since currently a compensation claim cannot be brought against someone after the claimant has died.
Online resource the Drum highlighted how an exception to this rule is if the action began before the defamed person is pronounced dead.
The news provider explained that the consultation will look into whether greater protection needs to be offered in such situations.
This review of defamation laws surrounding the deceased is one of two forthcoming reports by the Scottish government's justice department, with the other relating to personal injury.
Both of the consultations will be carried out over the winter period.
Last week, former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan was found guilty of perjury for comments made during the course of a defamation case against the News of the World.
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Posted by Richard Saunders