The Witness K and Bernard Collaery Hearings

In May/ June 2018 charges were laid against Witness K and Bernard Collaery of conspiring to breach section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act in 2012, concerning the Australian espionage against Timor-Leste in 2004. It was alleged that Witness K communicated intelligence secrets to Collaery, who then conveyed the information to some journalists.

A series of hearings in the ACT Magistrate’s Court and later in the ACT Supreme Court have been continually scheduled since charges were laid. The following list is the minimum. Some hearings may have missed being noted here.

  1. Scheduled Hearing  25 July 2018 – held
  2. Scheduled Hearing   12 September 2018 – held
  3. Scheduled Hearing   29 October 2018 – adjourned to 1 November
  4. Scheduled Hearing   1 November 2018 – adjourned to 7 November
  5. Scheduled Hearing   7 November 2018 – held
  6. Scheduled Hearing   28 February 2019 – held
  7. Scheduled Hearing 6-8 August 2019 – held on 6th only
  8. Scheduled Hearing 22 August 2019 Bernard Collaery only – held
  9. Scheduled Hearing 29 August 2019 Witness K only – held
  10. Scheduled Hearing 13 September 2019 Witness K only – held
  11. Scheduled Hearing 26 September 2019 – Bernard Collaery only – held
  12. Scheduled Hearing 26 September 2019 – Witness K only – adjourned to 8 October
  13. Scheduled Hearing  2 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery – ACT Supreme Court – held
  14. Scheduled Hearing 8 October 2019 – Witness K only AM/4315/18 – held (“harm statement”)
  15. Scheduled Hearing 9 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery SCC/0195/19 – held (lock and key)
  16. Scheduled Hearing 17 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery SCC/0195/19
  17. Scheduled Hearing 24 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery only SCC/0195/19
  18. Scheduled Hearing 11 November – Witness K only – transferred to 15 November
  19. Scheduled Hearing 15 November – Witness K
  20. Scheduled Hearing 26 November 2019 – Bernard Collaery
  21. Scheduled Hearing 2 December 2019  – Bernard Collaery (Graham Perrett MP speaks out)
  22. Scheduled Hearing 13 February 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  23. Scheduled Hearing 2 March 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  24. Scheduled Hearing 6 March 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  25. Scheduled Hearing 12 March 2020 -Bernard Collaery – held
  26. Scheduled Hearing 19 March 2020 – Bernard Collaery – held
  27. Scheduled Hearing 30 March 2020 – Witness K – not held, but “deferred”
  28. Scheduled Hearing 7 – 9 April 2020 – Bernard Collaery (not held – COVID-19)
  29. Scheduled Hearing 8 April 2020 – Witness K (not known yet whether this was held)
  30. Scheduled Hearing 14 -17 April 2020 – Bernard Collaery (not held – COVID-19)
  31. Scheduled Hearing 1 May 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  32. Scheduled Hearing 25 May to 3 June 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  33. Scheduled Hearing 22 June 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  34. Scheduled Hearing 26 June 2020 – Bernard Collaery – Decision on evidence.
  35. Scheduled Hearing 10 July 2020 – Bernard Collaery
  36. Scheduled Hearing 22 July 2020 – Witness K