Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses to recommence

Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses to recommence

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses will recommence in Sydney on Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00am.

It is anticipated that the hearing will hear from one witness, Mr Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.
  2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.
  3. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd for raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse within the Church.
  4. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to prevent child sexual abuse within the Church.
  5. Any related matters.

Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Hearing times: 11:00am start
Location: Hearing room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public on the Royal Commission's website www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.