The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Lismore v GLJ [2022] NSWCA 78

The NSW Court of Appeal has overturned a first instance decision and stayed historic child abuse proceedings in circumstances where the alleged perpetrator had died before the allegations were put to him. The case was stayed despite evidence the alleged perpetrator had a sexual interest in children generally.

In this update, W+K’s Patrick Thompson and Greg Carruthers-Smith look at this decision and the guidance it provides on permanent stays of historic child abuse civil litigation.

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