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Jersey – historic child abuse redress scheme

2 April 2012

Thursday saw the launch of Jersey’s Historic Abuse Redress Scheme for children who were physically or sexually abused in care.  Applicants must show they were physically or sexually abused whilst in full time residential care in establishments run by the States of Jersey between 9 May 1945 and 31 December 1999.

The scheme provides for 4 bands of compensation, with the lowest band up to £10,000 and the highest up to £60,000. Applying will not preclude a separate compensation claim being brought through the court if an applicant is not happy with the assessed award, but if an assessed award is accepted the applicant will be precluded from subsequently issuing legal proceedings based on the abuse suffered. The Scheme closes in September 2012.

With the scheme allowing for legal costs to be paid at between £148 and £222 p/h plus a component for care and conduct, let’s hope it doesn’t raise solicitors’ expectations in more conventional court proceedings in England and Wales.

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