Ireland’s continued use of juries for defamation cases comes under criticism
Ireland is a better country than most to be a plaintiff in a defamation case. Our courts have awarded some of the highest pay-outs in the whole of Europe.
One of the main reasons for these high levels of compensation is related to the continued use of juries in High Court defamation actions. Many of these colossal awards, which in some cases have been in the millions, have been criticised by the courts and the media alike.
Such high awards of damages run the risk of creating a ‘chilling effect’ on the right to freedom of expression.