Directions Hearing: 13 April 2016

The Royal Commission held a directions hearing in relation to Case Study 28 (Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat) and Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) in Sydney on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

The purpose of the directions hearing in relation to Case Study 28 was to address a number of outstanding matters including in relation to Bishop Mulkearns’ evidence and to set a timetable for written submissions.

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February 2016

Cardinal George Pell gave evidence from 29 February 2016 by video link from Rome concerning Case Study 35: Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Case Study 28: Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat. The Royal Commission sat in Sydney and, in accordance with a request from Cardinal Pell, the hearing  commenced at 08:00am AEDT.

The Trench Room at Ballarat Town Hall was made available for members of the community during the public hearing, including Cardinal Pell’s evidence.

Stage 3: February 2016

The Royal Commission will hold the third part of the public hearing regarding the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat commencing on 22 February 2016 at the Ballarat Magistrates Court.

Cardinal George Pell gave evidence from 29 February 2016 by video link from Rome concerning Case Study 28: Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat and Case Study 35: Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The Royal Commission sat in Sydney and, in accordance with a request from Cardinal Pell, the hearing commenced at 08:00am AEDT.


Directions Hearing: 5 and 8 February 2016

The Royal Commission held a directions hearing  in Sydney on Friday 5 and Monday 8 February 2016.

The purpose of the directions hearing was to consider Cardinal George Pell’s capacity to attend the third part of the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.

This was immediately followed by a directions hearing to consider Bishop Ronald Mulkearns’ capacity to attend the third part of the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.

Stage 2: December 2015

The second stage of this public hearing was held at the County Court of Victoria from Monday 7 to Wednesday 16 December 2015.

Stage 1: May 2015

The first part of this public hearing was held at Ballarat Magistrates Court from Tuesday 19 to Friday 29 May 2015.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The response of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and other Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat to allegations of child sexual abuse against clergy or religious.

  2. The response of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers in St Patrick’s Province, Australia, to allegations of child sexual abuse against Christian Brothers.

  3. Any related matters.

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