Full Court Minute Books

Case M112/2019

Pell v. The Queen

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

21/08/2019 Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal) (Ferguson CJ, Maxwell P & Weinberg JA)

[2019] VSCA 186


Criminal law – Unreasonable verdicts – Where applicant convicted of sexual offences against two child complainants – Where Crown case relied on evidence of one complainant and the other complainant deceased - Whether Court of Appeal majority erred by finding that their belief in complainant required applicant to establish that offending was impossible to raise and leave reasonable doubt – Whether majority erred in concluding that verdicts not unreasonable as, in light of findings made by them, there remained reasonable doubt as to existence of any opportunity for offending to have occurred.

Short particulars


17/09/2019 Application for special leave to appeal

13/11/2019 Determination (SLA, Canberra)

03/01/2020 Written submissions (Applicant)

03/01/2020 Chronology (Applicant)

31/01/2020 Written submissions (Respondent)

19/02/2020 Further written submissions (Applicant)

20/02/2020 Reply

26/02/2020 Further written submissions (Respondent)

11/03/2020 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

11/03/2020 Outline of oral argument (Applicant)

11/03/2020 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

12/03/2020 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

13/03/2020 Applicant's note regarding sections 4A, 44F and 44G of the Jury Directions Act 2015

16/03/2020 Respondent's note

07/04/2020 Judgment (Judgment summary)