Settlement Approved in Alberta Child Welfare Class Action

On November 13, 2015, the Plaintiffs appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench seeking approval of a Settlement Agreement in respect of a class action lawsuit, commenced in 2004, alleging that the Alberta Child Welfare Agency and Public Trustee failed to inform certain wards under their care of the right to make applications for Victims of Crime compensation or commence lawsuits against their victimizers, in respect of crimes committed against them (and/or failed to make these applications or commence these lawsuits on behalf of them).

The Honourable Justice D. Thomas approved the Settlement Agreement, and promised to write a brief decision in the near future, explaining further the Court’s reasoning for its approval.

The Settlement Agreement will allow all those in the Class to come forward, over the next year, and make applications to the Victims of Crime Fund, regardless of the time that has passed since the commission of the crime against them.

A court-approved Notice will soon be published (here and elsewhere), and provided directly to all known class members, and anyone else requesting a copy, setting out the steps to making claims within this Settlement.


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