Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP): freedom of expression and reputation management

Joe Edwards, Nathaniel Walker, Jamie Hurworth
Published on:
03 July 2024


  • Kelly v O'Doherty [2024] NIMaster 1.

  • Rule 15.1, High Court Rules 2016. An additional, or alternative argument, could be that any defamation proceedings are vexatious if the plaintiff has no intention of proceeding to trial, see section 45 of the Defamation Act 1992. Further, courts have a discretion to restrict the commencement of civil proceedings where two or more of the proceedings brought are "totally without merit", see section 166 - 167 of the Senior Courts Act 2016.

  • Smith v Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited [2024] NZSC 5, [74].

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