A consultation on defamation of the deceased could be launched in Scotland by the end of the year, it has been reported this week.
STV reports that Scottish ministers are to consult on reforming the law so that defamation claims can be brought on behalf of the dead.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to launching a consultation on the defamation of the deceased (including homicide victims) and we expect to launch the consultation paper before the end of 2010.
“These are important and sensitive issues, involving a careful balancing of fundamental rights, and we are determined to take every care to ensure that they are addressed appropriately. Scottish ministers will examine the consultation responses carefully before issuing their response to it.”