Friday, 29 Sep 2023

Bruce Lehrmanns criminal trial is over but a string of related cases and inquiries remain. What are they?

Bruce Lehrmanns criminal trial is over but a string of related cases and inquiries remain. What are they?


Bruce Lehrmanns criminal trial is over but a string of related cases and inquiries remain. What are they?

The federal court is now preparing for a high-stakes, high-profile defamation trial between Bruce Lehrmann and the media.

Six months on from the collapse of Bruce Lehrmann's criminal trial, the allegations that he raped Brittany Higgins, which Lehrmann denies, will be tested again in open court.

But it's not the only forum where issues surrounding the Lehrmann case are being examined.

A string of civil cases and inquiries have begun since the Lehrmann criminal case ended in December.

To help you wade through this mess of defamation claims and inquiries, we've summarised what's outstanding.

The first defamation case Lehrmann brought after the collapse of his criminal case was against News Corp, Network Ten, Samantha Maiden and Lisa Wilkinson.

He is alleging the outlets defamed him in their initial reporting of Higgins's allegations in February 2021. The media outlets are arguing Lehrmann was not identified. If the court accepts he was identified, the media outlets are relying on truth and qualified privilege defences.

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