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Key decisions

  • Pell v The Queen [2020] HCA 12
  • Kadir v The Queen; Grech v The Queen [2020] HCA 1
  • Comptroller-General of Customs v Pharm-A-Care Laboratories Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 2 
  • Love v Commonwealth of Australia; Thoms v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] HCA 3 
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission v King [2020] HCA 4 

Criminal law

Sexual offences against children – appeal against conviction by jury 

Pell v The Queen [2020] HCA 12 (7 April 2020) concerned offences alleged to have been committed by the applicant, Mr Pell, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne, in 1996 and 1997. The offences were allegedly committed after the celebration of Sunday solemn Mass and within months of Mr Pell’s installation as Archbishop of Melbourne. The victims of the alleged offending were two Cathedral choirboys ‘A’ and ‘B’.

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