||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 176 (Jan)
||Queen's Bench Division
||The claimant appeared by his representative.
||Peter Houghten (instructed by Churchills) for the defendant.
||24 January 2008
Libel and slander - Privilege - Absolute privilege - Defendant making oral and written allegations regarding claimant to police officer conducting criminal investigation - Whether statement protected by absolute privilege.
Libel and slander Privilege. Public policy required that communications between a witness and those investigating an offence should be immune from action as the public policy priority was that those who made complaints could do so without the fear that they would subsequently be challenged in court, even if those who made such statements maliciously benefited from that protection. Accordingly, in the instant case, the defendant's oral and written complaints to the police were protected by absolute privilege and immunity from suit.
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