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Church Not Responsible to Supervise Outside Party Using Premises

As a result, the church was not liable for a minor's injury that took place in their building.

Key point 7-20.3. Churches may be legally responsible for injuries occurring on their premises while being used by an outside group, if they maintain sufficient "control" over their premises during such use.

A New York court ruled that a church was not liable for injuries sustained by a minor on its premises during a concert since the church was not in control of the premises at the time. A church allowed one of its parishioners to use its fellowship hall for a concert in return for a $100 "donation." Many of those attending the concert were minors, many of whom became intoxicated from consuming alcoholic beverages. One intoxicated attendee assaulted and injured another attendee, whose parents sued the church, claiming that its negligence in supervising the concert contributed to their child's injuries.

A state court concluded that "although the church, as owner of the premises where the injured ...

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  • August 26, 2014

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