HWLE’s health lawyers assist pro bono – Kathleen Folbigg pardoned

07 June 2023

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Kylie Agland (Partner) and Stacey King (Senior Associate) have acted pro bono for The Australian Academy of Science (The Academy), as an independent scientific advisor, for the Second Kathleen Folbigg Inquiry.

The Academy’s involvement included selection of experts and identification of the issues the experts should address, which proved critical to the complex and crucial consideration of emerging science within the legal framework.

On Monday 5 June, following receipt of former Chief Justice Thomas Bathurst’s AC KC preliminary findings that there was reasonable doubt as to Ms Folbigg’s guilt, NSW Governor Margaret Beazley exercised the Royal Prerogative of mercy and granted Ms Folbigg an unconditional pardon. Ms Folbigg has been imprisoned since 2003 for the deaths of her children.

For more information please click here to view the Australian Academy of Science media release.

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