(1) An auditor shall not, in the absence of malice on his part, be liable to any action for defamation at the suit of any person in respect of any statement which he makes in the course of his duties as auditor, whether the statement is made orally or in writing.
(2) A person shall not, in the absence of malice on his part, be liable to any action for defamation at the suit of any person in respect of the publication of any document prepared by an auditor in the course of his duties and required by or under this Act to be lodged with the Registrar.
(2A) No auditor shall be liable to be sued in any court or be subject to any criminal or disciplinary proceedings for any report under section 174 submitted by the auditor in good faith and in the intended performance of any duty imposed on the auditor under this Act.
[(2A) Ins. Act A1299 : s.21]
(3) This section does not limit or affect any other right, privilege or immunity that an auditor or other person has as defendant in an action for defamation.