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The trial and penalty hearing in the George Pell media contempt proceeding have now concluded.

Last edited 17 February 2021

General information

The trial and penalty hearing in the matter of Director of Public Prosecutions v The Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd & Ors - S ECI 2019 01228 (George Pell media contempt proceeding) have now concluded.

The trial commenced on Monday, 9 November 2020.

On 1 February 2021, the parties announced that the prosecution had resolved and each corporate respondent pleaded guilty, in respect of each publication for which they were charged, to contempt by breaching a proceeding suppression order.

A penalty hearing for the respondents adjudged guilty of contempt began on 10 February 2021, and concluded on 17 February 2021.

The Honourable Justice John Dixon of the Supreme Court of Victoria will deliver his decision at a later date.

Published on 17 February 2021