Courts and Civil ProcedureProcedure Generally
§ 9-6-9 Truth as defense to libel or
In every action or proceeding, civil or criminal, for libel or slander, the
defendant may, with his or her plea of not guilty or his answer, file a written
notice that he or she will prove the truth of the publication charged as
libelous, or of the words charged as slanderous, and in such case may, upon the
trial, give the truth in evidence, without any special plea of justification or
affirmative defense in his or her answer; and the truth, unless published or
uttered from malicious motives, shall be sufficient defense to the person
History of Section.
(C.P.A. 1905, § 286; G.L. 1909, ch. 288, § 2; G.L. 1923, ch. 338,
§ 2; G.L. 1938, ch. 520, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 9-6-9; P.L. 1965, ch.
55, § 16.)