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Shine Lawyers' statement regarding George Pell’s death

10 January 2023

Mental, physical and sexual abuse

The following can be attributed to Lisa Flynn, Shine Lawyers Chief Legal Officer:

Shine Lawyers is progressing a civil claim on behalf of the father of a former choir boy who alleged he was sexually abused by George Pell.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne is also listed as a defendant in this matter.

The claim will continue against the church and whatever estate Pell has left behind.

A civil trial likely would have provided the opportunity to cross-examine Pell, and truly test his defence against these allegations.

There is still a great deal of evidence for this claim to rely on, and the court will be asked in due course to make its ruling on that evidence.

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