The victims of Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's financial chief who has been accused with paedophilia and numerous other historical sexual offences, will testify in court for the first time this week, authorities said on Monday.
The hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
The details of the allegations against the cardinal have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as "historical" sexual assault offences - meaning the crimes that are alleged to have occurred decades ago.
Cardinal Pell was charged by detectives from Victoria Police's Sano taskforce in June past year and was granted leave by the Pope to return to Australia from the Vatican to fight the charges.
Cardinal Pell has denied the allegations.
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"We say that was not followed because there was a presumption of guilt".
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"These documents are certainly relevant to the alleged offences", he said.
"For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has", his barrister Robert Richter said in July.
In response to the prosecution's request to use the dog, Mr Richter asked: 'I always thought dogs were there for children and very old people, but if they want a dog ...'
He progressed to archbishop of Australia's biggest city, Sydney, before moving to the Vatican as a prefect of the church's economy ministry in 2014. The inquiry issued its final report in December.
The committal hearing will initially be open to the public as the defence and prosecution finalise further administrative matters, but will quickly move behind closed doors as accusers begin their evidence.
The case places both the cardinal and the pope in potentially perilous territory.
For Pope Francis, they are a threat to his credibility, given that he famously promised a "zero tolerance" policy for sex abuse in the church.
Pell appeared before it three times, once in person and twice via video-link from Rome over his dealings with paedophile priests in Victoria state in the 1970s.