Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett ruled moments ago that while contracts did exist between students of the 2013 graduating class of St Johns College and the Anglican Central Education Authority, the ACEA did have the discretion to cancel the graduation ceremony and prom.
Sir Michael noted that the situation between the two parties was unfortunate but added that, in the circumstances, the ACEA was not in a contractual breach even though it cancelled graduation four days prior to the ceremony.
He noted that no amount of money could compensate the students for losing out on that special day that rewarded them for years of hard work.
He also expressed sympathy for the students and parents who were not involved in 'Ditch Day' and hoped that the ACEA would reimburse them.
Christina Galanos, who represented the students who brought legal action against the school, declined to comment on the decision.
Diane Stuart, Vice Chancellor for the ACEA, said it really was an unfortunate situation for both sides but believes that the right choice was made.
Both parties will appear before the Chief Justice in September to argue costs.