Star lawyer appointed to Kathy’s inquiry

We’re thrilled to hear that Gail Furness, SC, will assist retired NSW District Court chief judge Reg Blanch, QC, in the inquiry into Kathy’s case.

The team at Justice for Kathleen Folbigg believes the appointment of Furness is a positive development.

“We are very happy to know that Reg and Gail are heading up the inquiry given their backgrounds and history of appointments to date,” said Tracy Chapman. “Their reputations for getting to the heart of matters fairly gives us hope that the matters raised by barristers Isabel Reed, Robert Cavanagh and their team more than five years ago.

“Obviously, we’d like to see Kath set free, but one step at a time. This is a significant move in the right direction.”

Furness was the counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including the questioning of Cardinal George Pell about his management of abuse survivor John Ellis’ legal compensation case against Sydney Archdiocese.

A spokesperson for Attorney General Mark Speakman confirmed Ms Furness’ appointment on Monday.

We are still waiting to hear whether the inquiry will be held in Newcastle or Sydney. Isabel has approached the Attorney-General about having it in Newcastle, but that will probably be decided at the directions hearing.

Kathy will not be at the directions hearing, but is expected to attend the full inquiry.

Click here to read a story by Joanne McCarthy in The Newcastle Herald, which refers to the inquiry going ahead with a “star lawyer appointment”!

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