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So if you have an absolutely cut-and-dried case of your notorious criminal, where there's really no answer to it, and therefore there's nothing to reply to, the court will say, "End of story, there's no right of reply". But in most cases there will always be another side of the story, and the court will say, "We are not really interested in the rights and wrongs here, but we can see there's an argument the other way. The complainant has the right to reply in an appropriate and proportionate manner."

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