Published Tuesday November 30th, 2010
CANADAEAST NEWS SERVICE
MIRAMICHI – The Diocese of Bathurst will be able to use funds accumulated in 21 trusts to pay victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests.
Justice Fred Ferguson released the 60-plus page decision Monday.
He ordered that the Diocese of Bathurst can access $3.7 million to pay compensation to those who have come forward and said they had been abused by priests.
None of the priests identified in retired justice Michel Bastarache’s report are still practising in the region.
The Court of Queen’s Bench decision comes close to two months after the diocese filed the application to have the original objects of the trusts broadened to allow access to a large amount of the funds.
The trusts are valued at $4.3 million. An agreement was reached to leave $1.5 million in the 21 funds.