Cardinal’s appeal hearing set for June

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne on 26 February. PHOTO: CNS/Erik Anderson, AAP images via Reuters

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal hearing has been scheduled for June.

The Victorian Court of Appeal today listed the Cardinal’s application for leave to appeal against his conviction.

If granted, the appeal will be considered over two days from 5-6 June.

Cardinal Pell was remanded in custody last week after being found guilty in a retrial on five charges related to incidents at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996.

His legal team made no application for bail and the cardinal said it was appropriate for him to be on remand while awaiting sentence.

He will remain in custody until he is sentenced on 13 March.

The cardinal’s legal team Galbally & O’Bryan Lawyers filed an application to appeal on three grounds including that it was not open to the jury to be satisfied of the Cardinal’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, and that a “fundamental irregularity” prevented him entering a not guilty plea in front of his jury.

They also claimed that defence barrister Robert Richter QC was prevented from using an animated visual representations of people’s movements about the cathedral at the end of Mass.