Offer of Amends

 Under the Defamation Act 1996, a publisher can make an offer of amends. This is an offer to publish a suitable correction and a sufficient apology and to pay the claimant compensation and costs. If the offer to make amends is not accepted by the claimant, then it will be a defence to defamation proceedings unless the claimant can prove that the defendant knew or had reason to believe that the statement complained of:

  • Referred to the claimant or was likely to be understood as referring to him or her; and
  • Was both false and defamatory.
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