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My sister has accused me of strangling her to relatives. People

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My sister has accused me of strangling her to relatives. People have consequently shunned me and I am no longer able to enter my parents' house. Additionally, l was unable to attend my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I have never had any form of physical contact with my sister whatsoever that could warrant such a charge and would like to defend myself. Can I sue her for slander

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Hi, welcome to the site. I will help you with your question.

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Yes, you could sue her for defamation of character now if you wished to, assuming that what she has said is untrue.

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Before doing that however, you should follow the defamation pre-action protocol.

Customer: Pre-action protocol
Customer: ?
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This is a series of steps that you have to follow before you issue court proceedings.

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I'll get you a link....

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Here it is. If you fail to follow this, the court will likely penalise you in costs, even if you win.

Customer: What happens when l win the case? Does she have to retract the statement and pay some form of compensation?
Max Lowry :

She would have to pay compensation. That is the retraction, of sorts. The court doesn't have the power to order her to retract the earlier statement, although if she does so, it might award a lesser amount of compensation, to recognise what she has done.

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