January 28, 2006

Fees fear in abuse cases

The Advertiser

Nigel Hunt
THE Catholic Church has moved to assure victims of sexual abuse their legal fees will continue to be paid following confusion created by a new policy document.

Catholic diocese of Adelaide Director of Professional Standards Sue Cain yesterday said there would be no change to the existing system under which cases were assessed individually and all legal fees paid "in many cases".

This was despite a revised Towards Healing principles and procedures guidelines document provided to lawyers representing abuse victims stating otherwise.

The document says "as support persons are not remunerated for their role in the process, no legal fees are payable to support persons who are legal practitioners".

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2006 08:40 AM