[Photo above: Ballarat lawyer Ingrid Irwin attends a rally outside Victorian Parliament earlier this year. Supplied: Twitter]
A Supreme Court ruling in relation to a lawsuit levelled against the Catholic Church has been heralded as a potential new precedent for loved ones of alleged victims of clergy abuse.
- Court this week ruled the Catholic Church cannot use “Ellis defence” in a Melbourne lawsuit
- The Catholic Archdiocese has acknowledged the ruling as the lawsuit proceeds
- Lawyers across the state say it will “pave the way” for a legal precedent
The court this week ruled the Catholic Church could not use a legal argument pertaining to the so-called Ellis defence.
The defence was named for choirboy John Ellis and prevented abuse survivors from suing unincorporated organisations such as the church.
The ruling came after a lawsuit levelled at the Church and Cardinal George Pell by a father of one of Pell’s accusers, who…
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