One of my pro-bono appeals in the Court of Appeal was reported and published in a local newspaper on 18 July 2017. 

Most importantly – the client was able to have a voice and representation in court.

An extract from the article:

“Sexual impropriety at Catholic schools is a very hot topic,” Justice Philip Morrison said.

There was no doubt schools were now obliged to keep records about sexual misconduct complaints, he said.

But people in the ’90s were probably not so mindful of record keeping obligations, or “systems in place for dealing with complaints,” Justice Morrison added.

“I suspect … as more historic sex offences are prosecuted, this problem is going to come up more and more over the course of the coming months to years,” Murdoch’s barrister Kylie Hillard said.

While unfortunately it wasn’t a win for the client, it was an important decision none the less – view the decision here.

 

 

 

Posted by Kylie Hillard

Kylie is a barrister at the private bar in Queensland and practices in a variety of areas. Kylie is also the Secretary of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Subcommittee of the Bar Association of Queensland, is a founding Director of the Asia Pacific Professionals Association, President of Soroptimist International Brisbane, President of Labor Lawyers Queensland, and President of the Forest Lake ALP Branch. Kylie has also held positions including the Chair of National Advocacy for Soroptimist International Australia, and was the Vice-President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland for 3 years.