I find it particularly obnoxious that the New York Jewish community have been given legal leave to sort child abuse cases out quietly themselves without involving the legal system at all. Why the hell should they? These were the people who first screamed loudest accusations against Catholics involved in this vile practice and in the New York Times demanded public disgrace again and again, and ensured it by their publicity.
I'm grateful to a reader for drawing my attention to the original article, which does not quite articulate what I had understood from Fr Tim's reference. No doubt I had misunderstood Fr Tim. It seems that rabbinical courts had been routinely settling abuse cases themselves, and often in an unsatisfactory way, this being winked at by some judiciaries, but that now some appellants have approached civil courts for the justice that they could not obtain from the rabbinical courts. The original article is here, and it is from the New York Times itself (this, too, is encouraging). This is a lesson to me to follow up all links carefully! Apologies to all concerned: it seems more honest not to remove my original post, but to post this correction.