The two-year window in which to file older clergy abuse suits in New Jersey will open on Sunday, December 1. Cases involving older claims by abuse survivors will be able to go through the litigation process. It is expected that there will be hundreds of suits filed in the courts, but since there are two years in which to file, the sense of urgency may be less. December 1st falls on a Sunday, so the courts are closed, but survivors may file suits through electronic means. The window closes in November 2021, and survivors may file claims up to seven years after the discovery of abuse or until they reach age 55.
In the past, abuse survivors may have attempted to file suits against their abusers, but, due to the limited statute of limitations, could not go forward with their claims. This disrupted their ability to move forward and come to terms with the trauma they experienced as children. In May 2018, the state of New Jersey changed the guidelines regarding the statute of limitations and became the 11th state to do so. Recently, the state of Pennsylvania put forth legislation that hopefully will extend their statute of limitations as well.
If you or someone you love suffered from abuse by a clergy member, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will listen to your claims and decide on the best course of legal action. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential case review. We provide skilled and compassionate legal representation to clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.