Gerard Baden-Clay faces High Court appeal
GERARD Baden-Clay is facing a High Court appeal by the Queensland government over the downgrading of his conviction from murder to manslaughter.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday morning.
"I have been advised that the Director of Public Prosecutions has advised the Dickie family this morning that he will be making an application to the High Court seeking special leave to appeal the recent Court of Appeal decision that saw Gerard Baden-Clay's murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter.
"This has been the result of the DPP finalising his decision yesterday,'' Ms D'Ath said.
"I have been advised that the DPP intends to file the application when the High Court registry opens on Monday 4 January 2016.
"The process then provides the DPP with 28 days to lodge an outline of argument with the High Court. The defence will then have a further 21 days to do the same."
"Subject to these processes being finalised, the High Court will then schedule a date to hear the applications.
"Given this legal process is underway, I will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter."
News Corp revealed on Monday prosecutors chose not to pursue evidence police believed could have helped prove Baden-Clay had a financial motive for killing his wife Allison.
Baden-Clay phoned his wife's life insurer a week before he killed her, according to police bail documents, but prosecutors did not focus on this piece of evidence.
Public rallies have been held across the state since Baden-Clay's conviction was downgraded from murder to manslaughter earlier this month, including one rally in Yeppoon: VIDEO: Community wants justice for Allison Baden-Clay
On December 18, a sea of yellow has covered King George Square in Brisbane as thousands of people gather for a peaceful rally against domestic violence.
Those behind the #doingit4allison campaign's event include friends of Allison Baden-Clay, whose death at the hands of her husband Gerard Baden-Clay has captured the State's attention.
Read more about that rally here: Allison Baden-Clay supporters fight family violence
Within days of the announcement of Baden-Clay's conviction being downgraded, tens of thousands of people from all over Australia have signed a petition asking the Queensland Attorney-General to file an appeal in the Gerard Baden-Clay case.
Read more about the petition here: 60,000 sign petition calling for Baden-Clay appeal