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More non-court solutions needed

New protocols proposed last week by the State Courts will require town councils to take court action only as a last resort against those who run afoul of their bylaws to avoid wasting court time and resources.

Another guideline aims to reduce costly and time-consuming defamation proceedings by encouraging parties to settle matters before writs are filed. Growth of social media and instant messaging platforms have resulted in at least 50 defamation writs filed each year between 2013 and last year, peaking at 79 in 2016.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'More non-court solutions needed'. Subscribe