Federal minister Christian Porter’s defamation case towards the ABC has successfully been positioned on pause till a choose decides if considered one of his senior attorneys has a battle of curiosity.
One among Sue Chrysanthou SC’s former purchasers made an pressing utility to the Federal Courtroom on Wednesday to have the senior counsel eliminated as the previous lawyer basic’s consultant.
The shopper, Jo Dyer, has cited concern confidential data she shared when retaining Ms Chrysanthou will or may very well be used within the main case.
Justice Tom Thawley has scheduled the Dyer-Chrysanthou matter for a three-day listening to starting Might 24.
Justice Jayne Jagot on Friday adjourned a case administration listening to within the Porter-ABC case till Might 26 to make sure the substantive proceedings have been “protected”.
She did not, nevertheless, order a keep of proceedings or Ms Chrysanthou to be “quarantined” from the case, as earlier proposed.
Regardless of the delay, the eventual trial may very well be heard as early as September 27.
Justice Jagot mentioned she most well-liked a begin date of October 5 “for different causes”.
November and December begin dates are additionally choices, she mentioned.
Mr Porter is suing the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan for defamation over a February 26 on-line article headlined “Scott Morrison, senators and AFP instructed of historic rape allegation towards cupboard minister”.
Mr Porter was not named within the article however alleges he was broadly recognized as the topic, together with on social media.
Within the high-stakes defamation case, the ABC argues Mr Porter can fairly be suspected of raping a 16-year-old lady.
He says the historic rape allegations are false and has accused the nationwide broadcaster of main a decided marketing campaign towards him.
Mr Porter is attempting to get the majority of the ABC’s already redacted defence thrown out, with that matter to be heard over the primary two days of June.