Posts Categorized: NSW Courts

The Ellis Defence: How the Church Avoided Paying Child Sexual Abuse Victims

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim John Ellis was a senior altar boy at the Christ the King Parish of the Catholic Church in Bass Hill, when in 1974, then Archbishop of Sydney James Freeman appointed Father Aidan Duggan to work at the church. Soon after his arrival, Father Duggan took a special interest in 13-year-old… Read more »

From Committal to Verdict: The Criminal Trial Process in NSW

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A NSW District Court jury found former Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston not guilty of misusing his position to benefit his son on 15 February 2019. Following the verdict’s delivery, the 40-year ATO veteran held back the tears in the dock at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court. During… Read more »