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Legal Matters Refugees

High Court rules indefinite detention unlawful

Indefinite immigration detention is unlawful, the High Court has held, in a landmark decision overturning a 20-year-old precedent. Source: The Guardian.

Abuse crisis Legal Matters

NSW to consider action over Church’s use of permanent stays

New South Wales Attorney General Michael Daley has ordered an urgent briefing on the landmark High Court decision over the Catholic Church’s legal approach in abuse cases. Source: The Guardian.

Legal Matters

High Court decision opens way for claims on abuse

A landmark decision by the High Court could open the door for a string of legal claims against institutions in which historical sexual abuse occurred. Source: The Australian.

Legal Matters

Church takes ‘secondary victims’ case to High Court

A High Court bid launched by the Catholic Church is set to have far-reaching consequences for personal injury claims in Victoria. Source: Herald Sun.

Legal Matters

Church provides report on Bishop Saunders, rejects accusations of law breach

The Church has rejected “unfounded allegations” made by West Australian politicians that it failed to abide by the state’s mandatory reporting laws, saying it takes its reporting obligations seriously. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Legal Matters

Church to hand over Vatican report into Bishop Saunders to WA Police

The Catholic Church has announced it is “taking immediate steps” to hand over a report that levels serious sexual misconduct allegations against a West Australian bishop. Source: The West Australian.

Legal Matters Vatican

WA Police want Vatican report on Bishop Saunders

Western Australian Police have called on Church authorities to hand over the Vatican investigation into former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders. Source: The West Australian.

Legal Matters Vatican

Allegations against Bishop Saunders ‘very serious and deeply distressing’

The Australian portion of a Vatican-ordered investigation into former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has been completed, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has confirmed.

Legal Matters United States

McCarrick not competent to stand trial on abuse charges

A judge has ruled that former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not competent to stand trial on criminal sexual abuse charges in Massachusetts. Source: CNA.