Riley libel case: Positive result from first day in court – but it’s not over!

I know judges don’t actually use gavels in UK courts. This is just a representative image.

The libel case against me finally arrived in court on October 25 – and the judge agreed with my approach.

Another judge had ordered a short directions hearing after Rachel Riley’s representatives had objected to a proposal for a TPI – trial of preliminary issues – a hearing on the meaning of the words I wrote that Ms Riley claims were libellous, and on whether they count as assertions of fact or simply opinions based on the evidence available.

At the hearing, after considering my representative’s submissions on case law, the judge ordered that the TPI would go ahead.

So we are back to facing the hearing we would have had earlier this month – going through the same process we proposed over the summer.

And there has been extra cost, of course.

So I have to appeal for you to keep the donations coming in. I have said all along that I think this case is a confrontation between my demand for justice and Ms Riley’s wealth – that she thinks she can buy the result she wants by forcing me to spend all the money available to me before the evidence can be heard.

If that is her strategy, it may well succeed. Bear in mind that some of the total raised on this page has already been spent, and more will go soon.

Follow the following instructions, if you would still like to help me win:

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this CrowdJustice site. The address is

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And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

I have the arguments and I have the evidence. All I need is a chance to present them to a judge.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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7 thoughts on “Riley libel case: Positive result from first day in court – but it’s not over!

  1. G Millward

    Sounds to me as if the other side got their fingers burned. Like I said right at the beginning of all this, they picked the wrong one when they picked on you.

  2. Zippi

    The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step and you’ve made it so, congratulations. Do you know how much you need?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No. It depends on what happens next. The other side may give up after the preliminary hearing, depending on what is said there. Alternatively, they may take it to full trial, which may cost considerably more money. We shall see.

      I have a feeling this may be something of a “test case” in terms of crowdfunding to support court action.

      Thanks for the congratulations!

      1. Zippi

        We may have our disagreements, Mike, as is right and proper but what is happening to you is disgusting and I cannot stand idly by, because of a difference of opinion. I cannot abide injustice. I wish that I could have contributed more but I have been on the shelf for a wee. Money will be coming, again, soon so, who knows?

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        That’s very kind. Thank you very much, along with everybody else who has kindly contributed.

  3. Kenneth Billis

    Hello Mike, you may already have seen it but in the last issue of Private Eye (No 1507), in what they call Commentatorballs (page 23) they include this quote by Rachel Riley on Radio 3

    “Popular science has come a long way. I think Brian Cox has done amazing things for astrology”

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