Measures to help safeguard freedom of speech
In July last year the then DUP Finance Minister Sammy Wilson said Stormont should take a 'wait and see' approach on the Bill.
In November, however, his successor Simon Hamilton referred the matter to the Law Society, leading to speculation he may be prepared to take a different approach.
The Defamation Act 2013 contains a series of measures, including:
* "New serious harm threshold" aimed at helping people to understand when claims should be brought and discourage wasteful use of court time.
* Protection for scientists and academics publishing peer-reviewed material in scientific and academic journals.
* Protection for those publishing material on a matter of public interest where they reasonably believe that it is in the public interest.
* Libel tourism targeted by tightening the test for claims involving those with little connection to England and Wales being brought before the courts.
* Introduction of a new process aimed at helping potential victims of defamation online, by resolving the dispute directly with the person who has posted the statement.
* Single-publication rule to prevent repeated claims against a publisher about the same material.