A total of 30 Australian editors, reporters and news organizations will likely stand trial this year for contempt of court, said a judge at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.
The defendants allegedly broke a gag order intended to stop them from publishing details of Cardinal George Pell’s 2018 child sex abuse conviction, which was later quashed on appeal.
The case was getting “long in the tooth” and so should go to trial this year if possible, said Victorian Supreme Court justice John Dixon. He put forward November 9 as a “tentative” date.
A court issued a suppression order to Australian media in 2018, banning it from reporting details of Cardinal Pell’s 2018 conviction for sexual abuse of two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s. It was issued in order to stop information from prior proceedings from influencing a second trial – which was later dropped.