Senate debates Defamation Act todayFriday, July 05, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The much discussed Act to Repeal the Defamation Act and the Libel and Slander Act and make new provisions relating to defamation, is to be debated in the Senate today (July 5).
Short titled The Defamation Act 2013, the long awaited Bill includes such critical components as: the abolition of the law relating to criminal libel; amendment to see the reduction of the limitation period for actions in defamation from six to two years; and replacing the defence of justification with the defence of truth.
Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, who tabled the Bill in the Senate last March, will pilot the measure today.
The Memorandum of Objects and Reasons says the proposed legislation seeks to amend the defamation law to address the inadequacies of the present libel law. This is to be done by implementing recommendations made in the report of a select committee of Parliament on the reform of Jamaica's defamation laws.