High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Modern libel and
slander laws, as implemented in many (but not all) Commonwealth
nations as well as in the United States and in the Republic of
Ireland, are originally descended from English defamation law . The
history of defamation law in England is somewhat obscure; civil
actions for damages seem to have been relatively frequent as far
back as the reign of Edward I (1272- 1307), though it is unknown
whether any generally applicable criminal process was in place. The
first fully-reported case in which libel is affirmed generally to
be punishable at common law was tried during the reign of James I.
From that time, we find both the criminal and civil remedies in
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