Cardinal Case Returns to Court

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
10 Jan 2018

Cardinal George Pell

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell returned to the Melbourne Magistrates Court today for an administrative update on subpoenas they sent late last year to the ABC and its journalist Louise Milligan.

In December, the ABC and Ms Milligan, who is the author of a book about the Cardinal, agreed to hand over some of the material sought by Cardinal Pell's legal team.

They will now examine transcripts and interview footage, which is believed to contain unedited interviews between Ms Milligan and some of the complainants who have accused the cardinal of historical sex offences, as they prepare for his upcoming committal hearing.

Cardinal Pell, 76, who was not required to attend today's hearing, strenuously denies the allegations against him.

He will return to court in March for a committal hearing, which will determine whether he stands trial.

The cardinal has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer.