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rolled-up plea

A form of the defence of *fair comment in an action for defamation. If the words complained of contain a mixture of statements of fact and comment, the defendant may plead that 'the said words in so far as they consist of allegations of fact are true in substance and in fact, and in so far as they consist of expressions of opinion they are fair comments made in good faith and without malice upon the said facts, which are a matter of public interest'. The defendant must give particulars of which words he alleges are statements of fact and of the circumstances he relies on to show that the words are true.

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