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Legal Matters

No charges laid but Bishop Saunders investigation continues

Western Australia Police have not laid charges against former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders after he was interviewed by detectives in relation to historical allegations of sexual offences. Source: The West Australian.

Legal Matters

Former home of ex-Broome bishop raided by police

The former home of a resigned West Australian bishop who was at the centre of an investigation ordered by Pope Francis was yesterday raided by police. Source: The West Australian.

Legal Matters Vatican

Convicted cardinal wants to ‘shout to the world that I’m innocent’

In his first major media appearance since being convicted of financial crimes by a Vatican tribunal and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, Cardinal Angelo Becciu said, “I want to shout to the world that I’m innocent”. Source: Crux.

Legal Matters Southeast Asia

Catholic activist’s trial begins in Hong Kong

The trial of Jimmy Lai, the Catholic activist and newspaper publisher, opened in Hong Kong yesterday, launching what is expected to be a protracted legal battle capping several years of imprisonment for the embattled pro-democracy advocate. Source: CNA.

Legal Matters Vatican

Court convicts cardinal in Vatican’s ‘Trial of the Century’

Judges delivered verdicts in the Vatican’s financial corruption trial on Saturday, sentencing Cardinal Angelo Becciu to more than five years in prison and convicting five other defendants for financial crimes. Source: CNA.

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.