In it’s infinite wisdom, Jersey’s government is blocking claims for compensation to victims!
Negotiations between attorneys for some of the victims and Jersey’s law officers have failed to establish the right to compensation for the victims.
This failure can only add to the perception that Jersey cares not for the victims and that Jersey continues to refuse to confront it’s murky past.
The criminal injuries compensation board of Jersey can make awards only for injuries sustained after 1 May 1991, and claims for damages in the civil courts have to be filed within three years of a victim turning 18 - Haut de la Garenne closed in 1986.
England, Wales, Ireland, and Canada have all made changes to time limit laws regarding historic sexual abuse claims. Jersey law officers have given no indication that they see this as a solution.
As Lenny Harper said recently, "The legal system has to accept the reality of the situation. They are not trusted at all by the victims. They are held in contempt by the vast majority of the victims."
No, no amount of money will erase the horrific memories carried by the victims. It would however, bring some small sense of closure that the States of Jersey acknowledges the abuse and has heard the voices of the victims.
No matter how often and how loudly William Bailhache asserts, “Justice will be done” - I think not!