In what circumstances will a plaintiff not have to give evidence in a defamation case?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Robbins v. Pacific Newspaper Group Inc. et al., 2005 BCSC 1634 (CanLII):

Similarly, over one hundred years ago in Vidal v. Temperley (1899), 20 N.S.W.R. 223, Cohen J. observed at p. 227 that: ...dealing with the affairs of human life practically, and with our knowledge of human nature, we should not be astonished, where in an action of defamation a plaintiff abstains from going into the witness-box, so that the jury may judge, by his own testimony, of his reputation and how far, if at all, it has been injured by the alleged defamation that the jury, without weighing over nicely the question of libel of no libel, should determine not to give any damages for the alleged injury to that reputation.

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