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Can you sue someone for slander UK?
Last Updated: 15th March, 2020
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Hereof, is slander a crime in UK?
Slander is an untrue spoken statement, whilelibelis publishing a falsehood about someone else in a letter,report oronline. In the UK, defamation is a civilaction, andif proven, a judge can award significant damages to theplaintiff.Many countries still have a criminaldefamationlaw.
Secondly, can you press charges against someone for making false accusations? Filing a false police report could be either,orboth, depending how the accusation was made. Defamationisnot a crime, and you can't press charges forit.Rather, you would sue the person who made theuntruestatements in a civil court.
Considering this, how do you prove slander?
To prove either type of defamation, plaintiffs mustprovethe following elements:
- The defendant made a false and defamatory statementconcerningthe plaintiff;
- The defendant made an unprivileged publication to a thirdparty;and.
- The publisher acted at least negligently in publishingthecommunication.
What is legally considered slander?
n. oral defamation, in which someone tells oneormore persons an untruth about another, which untruth will harmthereputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civilwrong(tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit.