Appeal by Catch the Fire Ministries

After the'remedy ' was announced by Judge Higgins in June 2005, Catch the Fire Ministries and Pastors Nalliah and Scot decided to appeal against the decision. This meant appealing to the Court of Appeal, part of Victoria's Supreme Court.

Some Updates relating to the Appeal appear below.

The Appeal was heard on 21-22 August, 2006.

On 14 December 2006, The Court of Appeal (Supreme Court) of Victoria ALLOWED the appeal sought by Catch The Fire Ministries, Pastor Danny Nalliah and Pastor Daniel Scot.

See our page on the Appeal decision for a full report - including a link to the decision.
[The actual decision: Click here to read the FULL decision.]

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UPDATE: 23 August 2006 - Catch the Fire Appeal

The Court of Appeal (of the Supreme Court in Victoria) heard the appeal by Catch the Fire Ministries and Pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot on August 21 and 22, 2006.
For a full report of the hearing, click here.

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UPDATE: 11 July 2006 - Catch the Fire Appeal scheduled for AUGUST
The Court of Appeal (of the Supreme Court in Victoria) will hear the appeal by Catch the Fire Ministries and Pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot on August 21 and 22, 2006. The hearing starts at either 10 am or 10.30 am.
If needed, the appeal will be heard on a third day.

Visit the Catch the Fire Ministries website for more information. If you would like to contribute to the costs of the appeal, contributions can be sent to the Trust Fund set up by the legal team. It is estimated that the appeal will cost over $400,000 - more than $200,000 is still needed. To support the appeal fund, click here or it is posted below...

Pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot and Catch the Fire Ministries are appealing against the decision (17 Dec 2004) and 'remedy' (penalty) (22 June 2005) handed down by Judge Higgins and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court of Victoria sitting as The Court of Appeal. Since the original decision was made by a judge, the appeal will be heard by three judges. (If a 'Member' of the tribunal, only one judge would hear an appeal). The decision can only be made on the basis of errors in law (not on errors in fact).

Melbourne law firm Moores Legal is handling the appeal - they have assembled a team including two barristers (one a Senior Counsel) and lawyers to prepare and conduct the appeal.

The appeal application must be made within 28 days of the date the remedy decision and orders were handed down.

A Fighting Fund has been launched to provide funds for the legal costs involved in this appeal. The letter below includes an invitation to support the Fighting Fund and a response slip for you to complete your details and return.

We encourage you to support the Fighting Fund, which will be set up by Moores Legal as a trust fund.
For more details on the Fighting Fund, contact Moores Legal.

Fighting Fund Media Release
A media release about the Appeal and the launch of the Fighting Fund has been sent to Christian media.

Media Release - CTFM Fighting Fund - Atheists support campaign July 2005

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