Practitioners' Guide on Damages Awarded for Defamation Cases (Print + Digital)

The Practitioners’ Guide on Damages Awarded for Defamation Cases in Singapore (the “Guide”) serves as a comprehensive resource on the whole spectrum of defamation cases that comes before the Singapore courts and the range of damages awarded for such claims. It provides a useful and concise tabulation of defamation cases organised according to the nature of the defamation, the category of claimant, the amount awarded, and the outcome of appeal as well as case summaries for over a decade of reported and unreported cases filed between 2006 and 2017. The Guide outlines the general legal principles on the tort of defamation in Singapore, making it a quick primer on the law of defamation for anyone with an interest in this area of the law.

Editor-in-Chief:District Judge Salina Ishak
Contributing Editor: District Judge Clement Julien Tan

Date of Publication: October 2019

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    The Practitioners’ Guide on Damages Awarded for Defamation Cases in Singapore (the “Guide”) serves as a comprehensive resource on the whole spectrum of defamation cases that comes before the Singapore courts and the range of damages awarded for such claims. It provides a useful and concise tabulation of defamation cases organised according to the nature of the defamation, the category of claimant, the amount awarded, and the outcome of appeal as well as case summaries for over a decade of reported and unreported cases filed between 2006 and 2017. The Guide outlines the general legal principles on the tort of defamation in Singapore, making it a quick primer on the law of defamation for anyone with an interest in this area of the law.

     

    Besides the case summaries, it provides a useful reference to the Pre-Action Protocol for Defamation Actions in the State Courts which came into effect on 24 September 2018. The Protocol aims to encourage constructive negotiations with a view to promoting pre-action settlements and keeping parties focused on the key issues in dispute. The Guide takes stock of the legal landscape as it has developed thus far and includes the more recent defamation cases which were not previously available in other local publications on the tort of defamation.

     

    Contents 

     

    Chapter 1 - General Introduction

    A. Overview of defamation law in Singapore

    B. Civil action

    C. Sources of law

    D. Criminal action

     

    Chapter 2 - Preliminary Considerations

    A. Parties who can sue

    B. Parties who can be sued

     

    Chapter 3 - Commencing an Action

    A. Preliminary matters

    B. Which jurisdiction?

    C. Which court?

    D. Commencement of proceedings

     

    Chapter 4 - Elements of Defamation

    A. General principles

    B. Forms of defamatory statements

    C. Establishing a prima facie case of defamation

     

    Chapter 5 - Defences

    A. Introduction

    B. Justification

    C. Fair comment

    D. Absolute privilege

    E. Qualified privilege

    F. Offer of amends

    G. Innocent dissemination

    H. Consent to publication

    I. Limitation of actions

     

    Chapter 6 - Remedies

    A. General principles

    B. Monetary damages

    C. Injunctions

     

    Chapter 7 - Overview of Damages Awarded

    A. Overview

    B. Slander

    C. Libel

     

    Chapter 8 - Awards for Slander Cases

    A. Index of awards of slander cases

    B. Case summaries of awards for slander cases

                   

    Chapter 9 - Awards for Slander and Libel Cases

    A. Index of awards for libel and slander cases

    B. Case summaries of awards for slander and libel cases

     

    Chapter 10 - Awards for Libel Cases

    A. Index of awards for libel cases

    B. Case summaries of awards for libel cases (2006–2017) 

     
     

    Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s):

    Editor-in-Chief

    District Judge Salina Ishak

     

    Contributing Editor

    District Judge Clement Julien Tan

     

    CONTRIBUTORS

    District Judge Salina Ishak

    District Judge Clement Julien Tan

    Peter Lo

    Regina Lim

    Patrick Tay

     

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