High court rules on permanent stay in historical child sexual abuse case

High court rules that a permanent stay in historical child sexual abuse case


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High Court Rules That A Permanent Stay In Institutional Abuse Case Would In Effect, Bring The Administration Of Justice Into Disrepute

On Wednesday 1 November 2023, the High Court of Australia allowed a woman, GLJ to have her day in a court. After protracted, time consuming and costly legal arguments, GLJ has finally been given the green light to have her day in Court and in doing so, has set a landmark decision that all historical child sexual abuse survivors welcome.

Media Coverage Highlights Extraordinary Legal Tactics Used by Institutions

In May 2023, a month before GLJs appeal was heard, our abuse lawyer, Alessandra Pettit was featured on Four Corners’ expose, hiding behind tombstones where ABCs Louise Milligan highlighted the extraordinary legal tactics that institutions are utilising to stop survivors even having the chance to have their day in a court.

Seeking Support For Historical Child Sexual Abuse

As advocates for survivors of institutional abuse, we welcome this long awaited decision that will now help survivors of historical child sexual abuse to pursue their case and have it determined on its merits.

We are proud to be advocates for survivors of abuse and will continue to advocate for each individual. If you or someone that you know has been impacted by institutional abuse and would like to discuss your legal options in a supportive and comfortable environment, then please contact Ali Pettit on 02 9237 2222.


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