Judge erred in finding an assertion of fact


Re: Coulter v Sunday Newspapers GIL10172

The appellant had been ordered to pay a sum in damages to the respondent due to a defamation claim in relation to an article discussing the respondent’s treatment of his workers. The appeal claimed inter alia, that the Judge had failed to observe the single meaning rule, and erred in finding that the comments were an assertion of fact not opinion. The Court held that the order could not stand and a retrial was needed.
Gavin Millar QC was involved in this case.