Kugler Kandestin obtains a major victory at the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of victims of sexual abuse in Quebec
June 7, 2019
We are extremely pleased to report that the Supreme Court of Canada has rendered a landmark decision in favour of victims of sexual abuse.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling resolves a controversy arising from an amendment to the Civil Code of Quebec in 2013 regarding the delays for abuse victims to institute a civil lawsuit, rejecting the contention that numerous religious orders facing lawsuits have raised to the effect that victims automatically forfeit their right to seek damages three years after the death of their abuser.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision facilitates access to justice for thousands of victims of sexual abuse. The Supreme Court has sent a clear message to people who were abused decades ago that they are able and encouraged to seek justice from the Courts for the terrible harms they have suffered.
Kugler Kandestin LLP worked with the law firms of Me Alain Arsenault and Me Gilles Gareau in obtaining the Supreme Court of Canada decision (L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal v.J.J., 2019 CSC 35), which you may consult here.
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