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Cardinal Pell to examine ABC footage

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January 10, 2018

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are due back in a Melbourne court.

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are returning to court as Australia's most senior Catholic fights multiple charges over historical sex offences.

Pell, who insists he is innocent, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the world to be charged with sexual abuse, and the allegations date back decades.

The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop and Ballarat priest has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to defend himself.

His lawyers are due to return to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday for an administrative update.

Pell's defence team has sent subpoenas to the ABC and investigative journalist Louise Milligan, who published her book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.

In December the ABC agreed to hand over some of the documents sought by Pell's lawyers.

Victims' advocacy group Broken Rites has already handed over documents to Pell's legal team after a subpoena ordered them to do so.

Pell is not required to attend Wednesday's special mention, and is due to face a four-week committal hearing in March to determine if he should stand trial.

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