A defamation action is often an act of financial folly for an aggrieved plaintiff. Despite recent significant defamation awards, Canadian courts continue to exercise restraint in compensating the plaintiff. An avenue which offers some respite is the summary trial mechanism.

Originally published in Carswell’s Practice Cases: (2002) 13 CPC (5th) 125. Republished with permission.

type Defamation Actions Determined by Summary Trial