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WATCH: AG announces Baden-Clay High Court appeal

THE Attorney-General has spoken to media about the decision to appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Gerard Baden-Clay matter while in Hervey Bay on Wednesday.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath was in the Fraser Coast visiting family when the announcement to appeal the controversial decision was made.

She spoke briefly to media outside the Hervey Bay Boat Club.

Baden-Clay, a former Brisbane real estate agent, was convicted of murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay at a trial in July last year.

But, public outrage ensued earlier this month when Baden-Clay's lawyers won an appeal to have the murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter

Ms D'Ath said the Director of Public Prosecutions had made the decision to have the conviction overturned yesterday.

"Earlier this morning the Director of Public Prosecutions advised the Dickie family that an application for special leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal decision in the Gerard Baden-Clay matter will be progressed," she said.

Attorney General Yvette D'Arth spoke on the Fraser Coast
Attorney General Yvette D'Arth spoke on the Fraser Coast

Ms D'Ath said when the High Court registry reopens after the Christmas break on January 4 the DPP will lodge their application.

"After that point the DPP will have 28 days to outline their grounds for their application and the defence will have a further 21 days," she said.

"The High Court would then proceed to list the matter."

"As this matter is ongoing and is subject to an application to appeal I will not be making any further comments in these proceedings."

Ms D'Arth said she had not spoken to the family of Ms Baden-Clay, the Dickies, but had understood the Director of Public Prosecutions had contacted them before the announcement was made.

"I don't doubt that it was welcomed by the family," Ms D'Arth said.

She refused to be drawn further on the matter.

"I am not going to comment on this matter, it is now subject to an application to be made in the High Court and it is very important we allow those proceedings to progress unhindered," she said.

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