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Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881

1881 CHAPTER 60 44 and 45 Vict

An Act to amend the Law of Newspaper Libel, and to provide for the Registration of Newspaper Proprietors.

[27th August 1881]

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C1Functions of Board of Trade now exercisable concurrently by Secretary of State: S.I. 1970/1537, art. 2

C2Preamble omitted under authority of Statute Law Revision Act 1894 (c. 56)

C3This Act is not necessarily in the form in which it has effect in Northern Ireland

C4Act modified (E.W.) (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 40, ss. 76, 82(2), Sch. 16 para. 1(2)

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In the construction of this Act, unless there is anything in the subject or context repugnant thereto, the several words and phrases herein-after mentioned shall have and include the meanings following; (that is to say,)

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The word “newspaper” shall mean any paper containing public news, intelligence, or occurrences, or any remarks or observations therein printed for sale, and published in England or Ireland periodically, or in parts or numbers at intervals not exceeding twenty-six days between the publication of any two such papers, parts, or numbers.

Also any paper printed in order to be dispersed, and made public weekly or oftener, or at intervals not exceeding twenty-six days, containing only or principally advertisements.

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The word “proprietor” shall mean and include as well the sole proprietor of any newspaper, as also in the case of a divided proprietorship the persons who, as partners or otherwise, represent and are responsible for any share or interest in the newspaper as between themselves and the persons in like manner representing or responsible for the other shares or interests therein, and no other person.

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F1Words in s. 1 omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(r), Sch. 23 para. 3

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C5References to Ireland to be construed as exclusive of Republic of Ireland: S.R. & O. 1923/405 (Rev. X, p. 298: 1923, p. 400), art. 2

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4 Inquiry by court of summary jurisdiction as to libel being for public benefit or being true.E+W+N.I.

A court of summary jurisdiction[F5in Northern Ireland], upon the hearing of a charge against a proprietor, publisher, or editor, or any person responsible for the publication of a newspaper, for a[F6blasphemous] libel published therein, may receive evidence F7... as to any matter which under this or any other Act, or otherwise, might be given in evidence by way of defence by the person charged on his trial on indictment, and the court, if of opinion after hearing such evidence that there is a strong or probable presumption that the jury on the trial would acquit the person charged, may dismiss the case.

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F107 Board of Trade may authorise registration of the names of only a portion of the proprietors of a newspaper.E+W+N.I.

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F10Ss. 7-18 omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(r), Sch. 23 para. 2

F108 Register of newspaper proprietors to be established.E+W+N.I.

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F109 Annual returns to be made.E+W+N.I.

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F10Ss. 7-18 omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(r), Sch. 23 para. 2

F1010 Penalty for omission to make annual returns.E+W+N.I.

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F1011 Power to party to make return.E+W+N.I.

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F1012 Penalty for wilful mis-representation in or omission from return.E+W+N.I.

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F1013 Registrar to enter returns in register.E+W+N.I.

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F10Ss. 7-18 omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(r), Sch. 23 para. 2

F1114 Fees payable for registrar’s services.E+W+N.I.

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F1015 Certified copy of material on register to be admissible in evidenceE+W+N.I.

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F1016 Recovery of penalties and enforcement of orders.E+W+N.I.

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F1018 Provisions as to registration of newspaper proprietors not to apply to newspaper belonging to joint stock company.E+W+N.I.

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F10Ss. 7-18 omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(r), Sch. 23 para. 2

19 Act not to extend to Scotland.E+W+N.I.

This Act shall not extend to Scotland.

20 Short title.E+W+N.I.

This Act may for all purposes be cited as the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881.

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F13SCHEDULE AE+W+N.I. Return made pursuant to the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881

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F14SCHEDULE BE+W+N.I. Return made pursuant to the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881

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