Time extension requested from Superior Court
MONTREAL, July 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Implementation of the settlement
agreement between the sexual abuse victims and the Congregation of Holy
Cross continues. However, on July 4, a motion was filed with the
Superior Court for a 6-month extension of the deadline for finalizing
the compensation process, requesting a new completion date of February
This adjustment to the compensation process schedule was made necessary
by the slow pace of the claim filing process. The majority of the
claims were filed, in some cases by the victims' representatives, at
the very end of the period set forth in the agreement, namely, in
several cases, in the days preceding the June 4, 2012 cut-off date.
The indemnification process had been scheduled to be completed within 90
days of that date, an objective that proved somewhat unrealistic, if
only because of the steps required to validate each claim, a process
which often involved consulting archival records held by third parties.
The Congregation of Holy Cross undertook, as did the victims'
representatives, to do their utmost to finalize the indemnification
process within a reasonable timeframe, and is continuing its efforts to
do so. The Congregation regrets the fact that the extension was
necessary, but wants to ensure that all claims are analysed and
processed properly and fairly for all victims.
In an out-of-court settlement conference, the Congregation of Holy Cross
had agreed to the settlement agreement with the representatives of the
students who attended Collège Notre-Dame between 1950 and 2001, Collège
Saint-Césaire between 1950 and 1991, and École Notre-Dame de
Pohénégamook between 1959 and 1964 and suffered sexual abuse by a
member of the Congregation of Holy Cross or by a layperson while
attending one of these educational institutions.
Compensation will be paid to the victims and to their parents once the
claims have been processed and liquidated in a final manner under the
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