Inside stories: Lawyers on the trials of the Pell case

Law Institute Journal

June 1, 2020

By Karin Derkley

In a sexual abuse case that has polarised opinion, for the solicitors working on both sides it has been business as usual.

When the High Court announced on 7 April that it would uphold Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his County Court conviction for sexual abuse of two choirboys in the 1990s, it drew a line, for now, under years of work for the solicitors who have been intimately involved in the case. It has been a case that has polarised opinion, has had international notoriety and involved controversy on a number of levels.

But while it has been hard to ignore its high profile nature, for those working on the case or advising those involved in it, it has been business as usual – working through the evidence and mustering the framework for the prosecution or the defence case, or dealing with the incredible public interest the case has attracted.

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