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Date set for Pell’s appeal against abuse conviction

George Pell enters court before his conviction. Photo: AAP
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• Cardinal George Pell was released from prison on April 7, 2020 after the High Court quashed his five convictions for child sexual abuse.

The Court of Appeal has set two days in June to consider Cardinal George Pell’s application to appeal his conviction for the 1990s sexual abuse of two 13-year-old choirboys at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

June 5 and 6 have been set down by the court to consider both Pell’s application for leave to appeal and, if granted, the appeal itself.

Sydney silk and appeal expert Bret Walker SC will lead in the case once Pell has been sentenced on five charges on March 13, with defence barrister Robert Richter QC, junior counsel Ruth Shann and solicitor Paul Galbally to continue representing the disgraced cardinal.