Riley libel case: Mike’s appeal may be heard before end of May


The Court of Appeal may schedule a hearing on the Rachel Riley libel case before May 28, after a judge said it should be treated with some urgency.

The case is in a “listings window” that lasts all the way up to November 10 – which is a long wait – so the direction is probably to be welcomed, if I can make sure I have all my arguments ready by then.

As stated in a previous update, the court has approved my application to appeal against the High Court’s decision to strike out my defence against Riley’s accusation of libel – but only with regard to my defence that I published my article in the public interest.

The next step is for Riley to file a respondent’s notice and skeleton argument – an optional procedure that allows her to claim that Mrs Justice Collins Rice, in the High Court, could have decided to strike out this defence on the basis of other reasons than those she gave.

It seems the alternative is to argue that the decision she provided on January 20 was correct.

She will make her arguments known in due course. In the meantime, my job is still to make sure that the defence is properly funded. Please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

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Having won a temporary reprieve, I cannot afford to be complacent.

The focus may be on legal arguments, but Riley can still price me out of justice if I fail to produce the required legal fees.

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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