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Statutory Instruments

2000 No. 222 (C.7)

DEFAMATION

The Defamation Act 1996 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2000

Made

31st January 2000

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 19(3) and (4) of the Defamation Act 1996(1), makes the following Order:

1.  This Order may be cited as the Defamation Act 1996 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2000.

2.  This Order extends to England and Wales only.

3.  The following provisions of the Defamation Act 1996 shall come into force on 28th February 2000:

(a)sections 2, 3 (apart from subsection (9)) and 4 (offer to make amends), section 7 (meaning of a statement), and sections 8 to 10 (summary disposal of a claim); and

(b)so far as they are not already in force, section 17(1) (interpretation), and section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) except the entries relating to—

(i)the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955(2);

(ii)the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972(3);

(iii)the British Nationality Act 1981(4), Schedule 7, the entry relating to the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955;

(iv)the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985(5), Schedule 2, paragraph 3;

(v)the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(6); and

(vi)the Broadcasting Act 1990(7), Schedule 20, paragraph 3.

4.  Section 4 of the Defamation Act 1952(8) shall continue to apply as if it had not been repealed to any offer of amends made before 28th February 2000, and to any legal proceedings relating to that offer.

Irvine of Lairg, C.

Dated 31st January 2000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force on 28th February 2000 all the provisions of the Defamation Act 1996 which apply in England and Wales and which have not so far been brought into force, with the exception of the repeal of paragraph 3 of Schedule 20 to the Broadcasting Act 1990.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)

Sections 14 and 15 and Schedule 1 (reports of courts and other bodies protected by privilege), together with section 17 (interpretation) and section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) so far as they apply to those provisions, were brought into force on 1st April 1999 by S.I. 1999/817. That Order applied to Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as to England and Wales.

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