Is a statement attached to a request for a protection order considered privileged when it contains defamation and is false?

Asked on November 3, 2013 under Personal Injury, Wyoming


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It would be considered privileged when present to the authorities (e.g. the police; court; etc.). However, if the person making that statement or requesting the order then shares it with other people (e.g. family, friends, neighbors), then it would not be privileged and could be the basis for a defamation claim.

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