26 Court may recommend correction

(1)

In any proceedings for defamation, the plaintiff may seek a recommendation from the court that the defendant publish or cause to be published a correction of the matter that is the subject of the proceedings, and the court may make such a recommendation.

(2)

Where, in any proceedings for defamation,—

(a)

the court recommends that the defendant publish or cause to be published a correction of the matter that is the subject of the proceedings; and

(b)

the defendant publishes or causes to be published a correction in accordance with the terms of that recommendation,—

then—

(c)

the plaintiff shall be awarded solicitor and client costs against the defendant in the proceedings, unless the court orders otherwise; and

(d)

the plaintiff shall be entitled to no other relief or remedy against that defendant in those proceedings; and

(e)

the proceedings, so far as they relate to that defendant, shall be deemed to be finally determined by virtue of this section.

(3)

Where, in any proceedings for defamation,—

(a)

the court recommends that the defendant publish or cause to be published a correction of the matter that is the subject of the proceedings; and

(b)

the defendant fails to publish or cause to be published a correction in accordance with the terms of that recommendation,—

then, if the court gives final judgment in favour of the plaintiff in those proceedings,—

(c)

that failure shall be taken into account in the assessment of any damages awarded against the defendant; and

(d)

the plaintiff shall be awarded solicitor and client costs against the defendant in the proceedings, unless the court orders otherwise.