Cardinal George Pell preparing to make a statement at the Vatican in 2017.
There is a clear legal reason why publications including The Age and news.com.au have copped hefty penalties.
A new book by journalist Louise Milligan exposes the brutality of many witnesses’ encounters with the criminal trial process.. It is informed, too, by her own experience of cross-examination.
Pell said after his acquittal he would ‘be very surprised if there’s any bad findings’ in the redacted portions of the royal commission report. This is not the case.
Conviction rates for sexual offences remain low, despite legal reforms in recent years. One reason is the criminal standard of ‘reasonable doubt’ when supporting evidence may be difficult to produce.
The appeal may lead to a loss of public confidence in the jury system, but that’s how the justice process works.
This High Court appeal did not ask whether Pell committed the offences. It asked whether the two majority judges in the Victorian Court of Appeal, in dismissing Pell’s earlier appeal, made an error.
The High Court has referred George Pell’s application for special leave to the court’s full bench.
The High Court has referred Cardinal George Pell’s application for special leave to appeal his convictions to the full bench of the High Court.
George Pell’s appeal on child sexual abuse convictions has been dismissed.
By a majority of two to one, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Pell’s case, because it found guilty verdicts were open to the jury.
Investigative reporter Louise Milligan on Cardinal Pell and redactions in the Royal Commission’s report
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When the royal commission handed down its massive report in late 2017, several sections were redacted until after any legal proceedings against Cardinal Pell were concluded.
Today on Media Files we look at the suppression order that prevented the Australian media reporting the Pell case - and why rushing to judge-only criminal trials may be a mistake.
Pell trial reporters, a judge and a media lawyer on why the suppression order debate is far from over.
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On the day George Pell was sentenced, several experts with wide-ranging experiences of suppression orders discussed how they affect the public’s right to know and whether the laws should be reformed.
Significant changes in your child’s behaviour could signal they are being sexually abused.
Parents must encourage open conversations with their children from a young age.
Juries force lawyers to talk in a language the lay person understands.
A hung jury does not necessarily undermine a verdict in a subsequent trial – it more likely means some of the jurors from the first trial agreed with the final verdict.
George Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, said he will appeal the guilty verdict.
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George Pell’s conviction has opened a rift in Australian society, with many people questioning the guilty verdict. Pell’s lawyer has said he will appeal. On what grounds could he do that?
For many survivors, the news is a relief that has been a long time coming. But for others, this will be a case of too little, too late.
The media frenzy surrounding George Pell’s conviction may force victims of child sexual abuse to relive their own trauma.
A recent summit held by Pope Francis on preventing sexual abuse in the church has been criticised for being short on action.
Australian Catholics are drifting from the church, and research shows sexual abuse scandals are a main reason why.
George Pell emerges from court during his committal hearing on historical sexual offences.
George Pell’s current committal hearing engages the principle of ‘open justice’ and some of its most important exceptions.
Anthony Foster famously took on Cardinal George Pell on a number of occasions.
Anthony Foster’s attention to detail and his clarity about the evil perpetrated in the systematic institutional abuse of children was often the object of media analysis.
George Pell gave four days of evidence to the royal commission via video link from Rome.
One of the most important lessons we have learnt from George Pell’s royal commission appearance is the Catholic Church was – and still is – in a state of denial over child sexual abuse.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children’s complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
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Soaring community outrage over the issue of child sexual abuse was this week fanned by a Tim Minchin song calling for Cardinal George Pell to return home to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission.