What is justification for a defamation claim?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Smith v. Cross, 2007 BCSC 1757 (CanLII):

Justification is the term used for the defence of truth: a defence that the defamatory expression at issue is “true in substance and in fact”: see Douglas v. Tucker, 1951 CanLII 54 (SCC), [1952] 1 S.C.R. 275 at 285, [1952] 1 D.L.R. 657.

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