Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-09-15 and last amended on 2014-07-11. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Publishing proceedings of courts of justice

 No person shall be deemed to publish a defamatory libel by reason only that he publishes defamatory matter

  • (a) in a proceeding held before or under the authority of a court exercising judicial authority; or

  • (b) in an inquiry made under the authority of an Act or by order of Her Majesty, or under the authority of a public department or a department of the government of a province.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 269.
Marginal note:Parliamentary papers

 No person shall be deemed to publish a defamatory libel by reason only that he

  • (a) publishes to the Senate or House of Commons or to the legislature of a province defamatory matter contained in a petition to the Senate or House of Commons or to the legislature of a province, as the case may be;

  • (b) publishes by order or under the authority of the Senate or House of Commons or of the legislature of a province a paper containing defamatory matter; or

  • (c) publishes, in good faith and without ill-will to the person defamed, an extract from or abstract of a petition or paper mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 270.
Marginal note:Fair reports of parliamentary or judicial proceedings
  •  (1) No person shall be deemed to publish a defamatory libel by reason only that he publishes in good faith, for the information of the public, a fair report of the proceedings of the Senate or House of Commons or the legislature of a province, or a committee thereof, or of the public proceedings before a court exercising judicial authority, or publishes, in good faith, any fair comment on any such proceedings.

  • Marginal note:Divorce proceedings an exception

    (2) This section does not apply to a person who publishes a report of evidence taken or offered in any proceeding before the Senate or House of Commons or any committee thereof, on a petition or bill relating to any matter of marriage or divorce, if the report is published without authority from or leave of the House in which the proceeding is held or is contrary to any rule, order or practice of that House.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 271.
Marginal note:Fair report of public meeting

 No person shall be deemed to publish a defamatory libel by reason only that he publishes in good faith, in a newspaper, a fair report of the proceedings of any public meeting if

  • (a) the meeting is lawfully convened for a lawful purpose and is open to the public;

  • (b) the report is fair and accurate;

  • (c) the publication of the matter complained of is for the public benefit; and

  • (d) he does not refuse to publish in a conspicuous place in the newspaper a reasonable explanation or contradiction by the person defamed in respect of the defamatory matter.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 272.