BAND on the RUN- I agree with you that the important thing is giving notice to the authorities and members of the congregation if a person is a child molester. The WT society's policy right now is they only require elders to report child abuse in a " mandatory " reporting state . Some states don't require it, but a good number of states do. WT society instructs elders to call their own legal department FIRST before going to police - which is totally wrong in my opinion . But it shows you where the WT society's priorities lie- there own legal welfare.
Very true what you say about a judge getting a court order to force elders to report child abuse. And yes, that HAS happened when JW elders get stubborn and refuse to testify. Judges have ordered for them to appear and testify - even though they were told by the WT society initially NOT to testify. ( Google Gilbert Simental child molester case to see just one example ) . So it shows how they're trying to hide the child abuse problem.
If the WT society would just make a policy to FIRST go to police, then next inform parents with children in their congregations as to WHO the child molester is - it would alleviate a lot of problems. But the WT society is too arrogant to do it the RIGHT way. It's THEIR way or no way. WT society has been like that for the last 130 years- and I don't see them changing any time soon, believe me. It's sad and hideous