Public hearing into the response of the Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell

Public hearing into the response of the Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell. The public hearing will commence on 12 September 2016 in Sydney at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.
 
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into: 

  1. The responses of theCatholic Diocese of Armidale and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to allegations of child sexual abuse made against John Joseph Farrell.

  2. The response of the Special Issues Group for the Province of Sydney to allegations of child sexual abuse against John Joseph Farrell.

  3. Any related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 4 August 2016.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available here

Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:

  1. has been summonsed to give evidence

  2. is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be undertaken

  3. may be the subject of an adverse allegation.

It is not essential for a person who will appear as a witness in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may appear and give evidence without applying for leave.

The form should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:
Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au; or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.

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