Chief justice Marilyn Warren says there was a strong prima facie case against Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge and Michael Sukkar, but accepts apology

Three federal ministers who criticised the highest court in Victoria during an active terrorism appeal will not be charged with contempt of court, despite the Victorian chief justice, Marilyn Warren, warning them there was a prima facie case against them.

The health minister, Greg Hunt, the human services minister, Alan Tudge, and the assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar, criticised Warren and her court of appeal colleagues justices Stephen Kaye and Mark Weinberg in comments published on the front page of the Australian last Monday, calling them “hard-left activist judges” and declaring the court itself an “ideological experiment”.

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