A TRIAL in a defamation case bought by former politician Sophie Mirabella against a North East newspaper will be heard in Wangaratta rather than Melbourne.
County Court judicial registrar James Gurry on Tuesday ruled where a trial in the case, emanating from a Benalla Ensign article alleging Ms Mirabella pushed member for Indi Cathy McGowan, would be held.
He granted an application by the Ensign’s legal team for a trial to be in Wangaratta, after Ms Mirabella’s barrister had argued a jury should hear the matter in Melbourne.
Ms Mirabella is seeking damages, claiming the article, published when she was the Liberal candidate for Indi, had damaged her career and reputation.
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