As previously advised, where a person under a legal disability is awarded compensation in any proceeding in Victoria, that money must be held on trust for the benefit of that person by an office of the Supreme Court of Victoria known as Funds in Court. Funds in Court is supervised by the Senior Master.
For group members who are minors, this means that their compensation will be held on trust until the minor reaches 18 years of age; at which point it will be released to the group member.
Funds held on trust may be released to pay expenses such as living costs, school expenses, clothing and holidays. Money held on trust is held 'subject to the direction of the Senior Master', which means that only the Senior Master can authorise money to be paid out for specific purposes.
A contact person, known as a Trust Officer, will be appointed for each group member whose compensation is held by Funds in Court. The Trust Office will provide information and advice about how group members might access money from Funds in Court.
Once the compensation payable is transferred to Funds in Court, Maurice Blackburn will have no further role or authority in relation to those funds.