The lawyer for Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney says a major hurdle has been cleared in his client’s defamation case against the State of W-A.
Mr Rayney is suing the State over comments by police that he was the prime suspect in the 2007 murder of his wife Corryn.
Mr Rayney denies any involvement in her death and no one has been charged with her murder.
Today, W-A’s Chief Justice Wayne Martin ruled that Mr Rayney was allowed to include in his defamation claim comments by police in three news conferences, before the one in which they described him as a suspect.
His lawyer, Martin Bennett says the decision means a trial date may soon be set.
“So the matter can now proceed,” he said.
“This is the last of the major hurdles, pleadings out of the way we’re now into discovery, we’re now dealing with the action we now progress through to trial.
“We move now into the meaty part of giving discovering documents, proving the extent of loss and damage that Mr Rayney has suffered.”