Andrew L. Urban.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another; this time, the already delayed May 25, 2020 appeal hearing has had to be delayed again due to the restrictions imposed by the emergency measures being implemented in the coronavirus pandemic; the earliest option is August 17, but it could be as late as November 2.
DPP Daryl Coates said it was his view the appeal would be impossible to conduct over video-link.
Coates said some witnesses would be giving lengthy evidence and would need to be shown documents and videos. Carr agreed the matter should be heard in a face-to-face hearing.
The appeal will only go ahead in August if a jury trial involving her lawyer Chris Carr in the Victorian Supreme Court does not go ahead, according to The Advocate.
Justice Wood said the court would also consider letting the appeal impinge on the scheduled sittings, which would remove three judges from their work to hear the appeal.
But Justice Wood said this would have a substantial impact on the court which, due to the suspension of jury trials because of coronavirus, will have a trial backlog.
A further directions hearing to discuss whether the appeal will go ahead in August will be held on June 22 at 4pm.
Neill-Fraser was convicted and sentenced to 23 years in 2010, for the murder of her partner Bob Chappell. Her first appeal failed and she is now appealing under recent legislation that allows for a further appeal.