The NSW government has eliminated a legal defence used by churches to avoid being sued by victims of child sex abuse.
Victims of child sex abuse in NSW can now sue the church after the state government removed a legal roadblock used by institutions to avoid compensating survivors.
From January 1 churches will no longer be able to use the “Ellis defence” as a way of avoiding paying compensation.
In 2007 former altar boy John Ellis lost a landmark civil action against the Catholic Church over child sex abuse after it successfully argued it had no “legal personality” and was not a…
Mr Ellis is…