Gerard Baden-Clay verdict: Queensland director of public prosecutions appeals

Qld's top prosecutor has launched an application to appeal the downgrade of Gerard Baden-Clay's conviction

Queensland's public prosecutor is reportedly planning to appeal Gerard Baden-Clay's manslaughter conviction to the nation's highest court.

Baden-Clay was a year ago sentenced to a life-imprisonment for murdering his wife, and the mother of his three children, Allison Baden-Clay.

From Rosie Batty's determination to the downgrading of Gerard Baden-Clay's conviction, it has been a year of highs and lows.

"However, I also respect Baden-Clay's right to appeal in the first instance, no matter how heinous the crime".

"They said that by itself is not enough, I imagine what the DPP has been doing is combing through the transcript and looking for other evidence that might help support that there was an intent to kill".

It was unclear on what grounds Queensland's prosecutors might appeal the downgraded conviction.

There was a public outcry over the decision, and thousands gathered in Brisbane to protest.

Byrne had advised Allison Baden-Clay's family of the decision to appeal on Wednesday morning after finalising his decision on Tuesday, D'Ath said.

"We need to give him time to properly consider this".

Though admitting he had not read the trial transcript, Mr Fryberg said there was "no obvious point of law" on which he could see an appeal being granted.

'I have been advised that the DPP intends to file the application when the High Court registry opens on Monday 4 January', Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said in a statement on Wednesday.

Since the decision to downgrade Baden-Clay's conviction to manslaughter on December 8, the state has had 28 days to seek legal advice about whether to lodge a special leave application with the High Court to consider an appeal.

"Subject to these processes being finalised, the High Court will then schedule a date to hear the applications".

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