/ 24 June 2022

Higgins trial pushed back to October

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

ACT’s Supreme Court has told journo Lisa Wilkinson and her employer Network 10 to refrain from making further public comments about the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins or face contempt of court charges. The trial of Higgins’ alleged attacker Bruce Lehrmann was set to go ahead on Monday, but Chief Justice Lucy McCallum has pushed the start date to 4 October, saying the line between the untested allegations and assumed guilt had been “obliterated” following Wilkinson’s Logies acceptance speech for her coverage of the claims. Lehrmann’s lawyers pushed for the trial to be delayed to next year, saying the “bushfire” of controversy around the case “is still burning”. But yesterday, McCallum said a 3-month delay is a “significant period”. Last night, Network 10 said everyone now needs to back off “to allow Lisa the best opportunity to give her evidence in court and to enable the trial to go ahead in a fair and timely manner.”

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