Statement from the Leader of the Opposition

Comments attributable the Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:

"The unanimous High Court verdict in the Pell case is an embarrassment to Victoria’s legal system. How could police, prosecutors and judges have got it so wrong for so long?

"Too many people – complainants and defendants – have suffered as a result of this debacle.

"This comes on the heels of the unanimous High Court decision in the Lawyer X case which called out “reprehensible conduct” in Victorian prosecutions.

"Twice now in the past 15 months Australia’s highest court has called out serious problems in Victoria’s legal system.

"Daniel Andrews wants to ignore the High Court’s clear message – Victoria’s legal system needs to be cleaned up."

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