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Defamation Claim Form Persons Unknown

Postby vigilantegb » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:29 am


I am about to issue a claim for Defamation in the High Court.

I have the name of one Defendant who failed to comply with the Pre-Action Protocol.

However, I am yet to determine the name of further Defendants who have posted anonymously on the internet.

My question is, after naming the first defendant, can I use Persons Unknown for further Defendants until their names are revealed via disclosure at a later date or do they have to be named in Defamation law?

The reason I ask this is because I want to consolidate one claim instead of making numerous claims upon learning the names of the other Defendants.

So the Claim Form would look like this ...

(1) John Doe
(2) Persons Uknown

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Re: Defamation Claim Form Persons Unknown

Postby atticus » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:44 am

I think you will need to obtain pre-action disclosure of names of intended defendants.

Think remarkably carefully about the wisdom of embarking on defamation litigation.
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Re: Defamation Claim Form Persons Unknown

Postby dls » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:24 pm

There is very rarely any wisdom in issuing defamation proceedings. Ask Freddie Starr.
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