Defamation List

The Defamation List hears and determines defamation proceedings.

Plaintiffs can bring defamation claims against individuals and organisations.

A defamation claim begins with a writ filed at court.

The Defamation List of the Common Law Division is established under Order 34A.04(1)(b) of the County Court Civil Procedure Rules 2018.

Practice Note

Practice notes guide the operation and management of matters within the Common Law Division.

Judge in charge

Judge Smith.

Circuit proceedings

The Judge in charge of the Defamation List of the Common Law Division also manages all circuit proceedings for this list.

Civil Directions Group

See also the Directions group guidelines 2016 for consent orders and directions group guidelines and orders.


Any enquiries about the operation of the Defamation List should be directed to the judge’s associate in charge of the list.

Any feedback about the operation of the list will be welcomed.

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Page last updated: 28 November 2018