The ban on legal aid for defendants in libel cases needs to be overturned after McLibel

Stephens, Mark
February 2005
Lawyer;2/28/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 8, p13
Trade Publication
This article asserts that the ban on legal aid for defendants in libel cases needs to be overturned after the McLibel case. The author says that the rationale for having no legal aid for libel has always struck me as being anomalous and inappropriate, particularly where defendants are concerned. The origins of the ban on legal aid for libel are revealed in the 1945 parliamentary debates over the Legal Aid Act, when concerns that public funds would be used on "frivolous, over-the garden-fence defamations" were voiced.


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