The Bathurst Diocese decision and its implications for the civil liability in contract and tort of church institutionsOccasional papers on Law and Religion (2016)
In the NSW Supreme Court decision of Anglican Development Fund Diocese of Bathurst v Palmer NSWSC 1856 (10 Dec 2015) (the Bathurst Diocese case), a single judge of the Court held that a large amount of money which had been lent to institutions in the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst, and guaranteed by a “Letter of Comfort” issued by the then Bishop of the Diocese, had to be repaid by the Bishop-in-Council, including if necessary by that body “promoting an ordinance to levy the necessary funds from the parishes”. The lengthy judgment contains a number of interesting comments on the legal personality of church entities and may have long-term implications for unincorporated, mainstream denominations and their contractual and tortious liability to meet orders for payment of damages. The paper discusses the decision and some of those implications.
- Legal Personality of churches,
- Bathurst Diocese case
Publication DateMay 5, 2016
Citation InformationNeil J Foster. "The Bathurst Diocese decision and its implications for the civil liability in contract and tort of church institutions" Occasional papers on Law and Religion (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/neil_foster/103/