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Cardinal George Pell Due Back In Court

A day after being committed to stand trial on historical sex offences, Cardinal George Pell is due back in court for the next step in legal proceedings.

The 76-year-old is on Wednesday scheduled to face Victoria's County Court for an administrative hearing that may consider possible trial dates and duration.

Pell on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court after being ordered to stand trial on multiple charges.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed the more serious charges against the senior Catholic due to a lack of evidence.

"The most serious offending alleged could not have occurred in the time frame alleged," she said.

"I find that the evidence as a whole is not of sufficient weight for a jury to convict."

Among the matters proceeding to trial are those relating to accusations by three people about incidents at a swimming pool.

Pell will also be tried over allegations he removed his ceremonial robes at a church to engage in a sex act.

The court ruling followed a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March in which more than 30 people were cross-examined by Pell's legal team.

The cardinal's barrister, Robert Richter QC, indicated it was possible his client may face separate trials.

Pell has taken leave as the Vatican's treasurer to fight the charges and cannot leave Australia as part of his bail conditions.

The Holy See noted Pell's committal and said his leave continues.


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