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6.1 At present, legal aid is not available for defamation actions except in exceptional circumstances where Ministers may grant funding in individual cases subject to specific criteria being met. Such cases are such a rarity that any costs incurred to the legal aid fund are likely to be regarded as de minimis. Certain of the options may have implications for the courts, although it is not expected that these would be substantial. Further consideration will be given to any potential impact during the consultation period and in light of the responses to consultation.

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