BRADBURY
V.
COOPER

(1883) JELR 80276 (QB)    
Queen's Bench  ·  5 Nov 1883 ·  United Kingdom
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12 Q.B.D. 94
CORAM
GROVE and SMITH, JJ
Core Terms Beta
defendant
particulars
plaintiff
case
words
opinion
trial
authority
damages
present case
rule
alleged slander
cases
circumstances
court of chancery
cox
defendant’s counsel
denman
direction of the defendant
discovery
discovery of the facts
effect
entire ignorance of the persons
grove
jacobs
lead judgment
lord justice cotton
modern practice
much doubt
names of those persons
old days
order
order of the judge
particular persons
particulars of the names of the persons
particulars of the persons
particulars of the plaintiff
peculiar case
persons
plaintiff’s claim
practice
question
reason of the slander
request
respect
smith
special damage
statement of claim
street
unusual case

GROVE, J. (reading the lead judgment)

In this case if the slanders complained of had been alleged to have been uttered by the defendant himself I should have had much doubt whether he could compel the plaintiff to give the particulars asked for. I am not satisfied that the modern practice has been to order particulars of the names of the persons to whom the slanders were uttered. Where the defendant is alleged to have uttered them himself he may be supposed to know to whom he did utter them. In old days it was no doubt the rule that where the plaintiff claimed special damage by reason of the slander having been uttered to particular persons, he must give the names of those persons. However I give no opinion upon the question which would arise if the defendant was accused of having uttered the words himself. But the present is a different and an unusual case. The words are said to have been uttered by Timson “at the request and by the direction of the defendant,” and particulars are ask…

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