Like many people, I imagine, I watched the sentencing of George Pell live yesterday.
If you haven’t seen it – watch it.
While I’m not convinced of the merits of the allegations against Pell, I do think the Judge made every effort to be scrupulous in setting out his final decisions. See Andrew Bolt on this point. See especially his opening remarks.
The broader point is this: televising the judgement I think was a glorious success. I am far more comfortable with what I witnessed yesterday than the original notion of a secret trial that Pell endured. Justice must be done, justice must be seen to be done. So I’m hoping that we’ll be seeing more televised trials – more judgements being put up on YouTube. Something being done about the dress sense of judges … purple? Really?