Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault & Abuse

by John McKiggan

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited to present at the Canadian Institute’s 9th Annual summit on Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault & Abuse.

The two day conference brought together plaintiff and defence counsel from across the country to discuss emerging issues in the law pertaining to liability for child abuse.

This is the third time I have been invited to speak by the Canadian Institute. I was asked to make two presentations. I presented on the use of class actions as a tool for the resolution of institutional sexual abuse claims.

My presentation: Safe to Say You’re Sorry (The Psychology of Apology)” was a review of a trend across Canada where provinces have introduced legislation preventing apologies from being used against defendants in court, as well as a discussion on the effective use of apologies in litigation.

I have been advised that part of my Apology presentation has been posted on the Canadian Institute’s website. You can watch the presentation by clicking on the link.

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