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At Judy Courtin Legal we represent victims of institutional sexual and other abuse.

The legal landscape in this area of institutional child abuse is shifting, especially with legal reforms continuing to flow from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry and the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse. This means that many more cases of institutional child abuse can now be issued in the courts – something that has been almost impossible until recently. Of course this is not the case for everyone, as every case depends on its particular circumstances.

Feel free to get in touch with us so that we can assist you to know what your options might be.

We are a no win/no fee practice, which means you will not pay any fees unless and until there is a successful outcome of your claim.


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Dr Judy Courtin is an ongoing campaigner for legal and other reforms in the area of institutional sexual abuse. She advocated strongly for both the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse and by Religious and Other Organisations (Victorian Inquiry) and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) and represented victims at the Royal Commission.

Judy continues to write extensively to advocate for, and represent the voices of, victims and their families, whilst addressing their legal and human rights.


Dr Chris Atmore has thirty years’ experience as an activist, academic and lawyer for social justice. She has mainly been employed and volunteered in the Victorian community sector, including Communications Law Centre, Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre, Liberty Victoria, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, St Kilda Legal Service, and (through Victoria Legal Aid) assisting clients living with mental illness.

Chris was also Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) for ten years, where she specialised in family violence, sexual assault, and coronial policy and law reform. During this time she helped Rosie Batty with the inquest into the murder of her son, Luke, and worked closely with Rosie to advocate for safety for victims from family violence. 

A long-time love of the outdoors and the need for a break from violence issues then led to Chris acting as a solicitor with Environmental Justice Australia.  

Working with Judy Courtin now reconnects Chris with her first passion – advocating for survivors of abuse.

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Nadine Daniel has spent the past nine years working as a lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, primarily in criminal law. Nadine is passionate about access to justice, and is a careful, tenacious and empathetic advocate on behalf of her clients. 

Nadine is excited to join Judy Courtin in her dedicated advocacy on behalf of survivors of institutional abuse.

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Andrea Wilkins  Practice Manager

Andrea's early career was in the area of international marketing and she worked in this capacity for several multi-national companies. She studied Japanese for many years, using this specialty in her work.  Her love of learning language and foreign culture led her to teach English to migrants.

Andrea was raised Catholic and was completely naive to the scope of institutional abuse until she was faced with the issue within her own community in 2016. That changed everything. After a year-long battle, Andrea and a group of other determined parents succeeded in having a priest with a history of abuse removed from her community. During this time, Andrea was inspired by the courage and relentlessness of activists like Judy Courtin and many within the survivor community who fight so hard for change. She is excited to join Judy in her new practice.

Andrea has superior communication skills and can turn her hand to anything. She has brought her organisational, IT, business and all round life skills with her. We are privileged to have Andrea on board.

Linda Mollica has more than 20 years working in administrative roles. She has worked in a variety of different sectors such as Insurance, Superannuation, Construction and Medical. She has spent most of her time working as an Executive Assistant and has extensive management and secretarial skills.

Linda is highly motivated and her exceptional communication skills are an invaluable contribution to the pursuit of victims of institutional abuse.

We are very happy to have Linda join our team.

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Jan Courtin Finance

Jan has worked with pounds, shillings and pence, and dollars and cents all her life, and she now loves spreadsheets! She worked in the Courtin family business for 10 years from the age of 16, spent nine years living in London, and, returning to Australia, spent 22 years as an administrator in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Queensland. She then moved to Sydney and opened an art gallery with her husband, Marshall, in 1999. After 11 successful years as a gallerist, and a further eight years in Sydney, Jan has now moved back to her birthplace – Melbourne.

Approached by younger sister, Judy, to ‘take on my financial affairs’ when the Practice started, Jan is now onboard.

And Jan loves her Sydney Swans!