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Is a person guilty in Scottish Law who makes defamatory statements

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Is a person guilty in Scottish Law who makes defamatory statements about another person with the objective of destroying their reputation and therefore severely damaging their business? Even if they are unsuccessful.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  JGM replied 1 year ago.
The word guilty is not the correct term as the law of defamation is a civil matter, not a criminal one, in Scots law. If a person acts in the way that you describe then the person making the defamatory statements can be found liable in damages for the losses suffered by the person that the statements are directed at. Happy to discuss further.
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