A surprise hearing on Bruce Lehrmann’s retrial on charges of sexual assault will be held behind closed doors in December in the ACT Supreme Court.
The news was first reported by News Corp. on Thursday. The Supreme Court later upheld the closed hearing The new newspaper.
“The court will hear a petition in this case on December 2, 2022,” said an aide to Chief Justice McCallum.
The Supreme Court also issued non-publication orders “regarding the application”.
- In accordance with S 111(2) of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Law, prohibit the publication of the contents of the petition in the proceedings filed on November 22, 2022 and the publication of the evidence intended to support the petition;
- Directly pursuant to S 111(4) of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Law, that everyone except bailiffs, legal representatives and the parties remain outside the courtroom for the hearing of the petition filed on November 22, 2022.
This means no details about the mysterious hearing on December 2 can be published. Nor can any evidence support the claim.
No one other than bailiffs, legal representatives or involved parties is allowed in the room. No media is allowed in.
What happens to the Lehrmann process?
Brittany Higgins accused Lehrmann of raping her in the office of former Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds.
He and Mrs. Higgins were both Liberal staffers at the time of the alleged incident.
Mr. Lehrmann denies any such interaction and has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of nonconsensual sexual intercourse.
His first ACT Supreme Court trial spiraled out of control after it was discovered that a juror had conducted an independent investigation into the case.
This was despite the fact that the jurors had been repeatedly warned not to conduct any external investigation into the trial they were supposed to be deliberating on.
The sole juror’s actions resulted in a mistrial. A date for a new trial has been set for February 2023.
The ACT’s top prosecutor, Shane Drumgold, confirmed his intention to pursue the case next year.
“I confirm that we have made the decision that the retrial of DPP v Lehrmann begins on February 20, 2023,” he said in a statement.