A Supreme Court murder trial will start as scheduled despite concerns it may overlap with another murder trial involving the same defence lawyers.
The joint trial of Kylie Jane Hack and Gary Matthews, who were charged in relation to the alleged murder of Kingston woman Michelle Meades, will start on July 29.
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Ms Hack was charged with murder, failing to report a killing and arson. Mr Matthews was charged with assault, accessory after the fact of murder and failing to report a killing.
Ms Meades' body was found in a burnt out unit in Clarendon Vale in September 2016, several days after she was last seen in New Town.
Ms Hack's defence lawyers, Caroline Graves and Greg Melick, will also represent Margaret Anne Otto in a retrial starting in September
The joint trial of Ms Otto and Bradley Scott Purkiss, accused with murdering Ms Otto's husband and Risdon Vale tattooist Dwayne Davies, was declared a mistrial during its second week last month.
Concerns were raised that, with the trial of Ms Hack and Mr Matthews expected to take four to six weeks, it may come up against the start date for the trial of Ms Otto and Mr Purkiss.
Justice Helen Wood ordered the Crown to prepare evidence estimates the defence estimates of cross-examination for the trial's 80 witnesses, to allow the court to put aside an adequate amount of time to conclude the proceedings before the commencement of the second trial.
Justice Wood ordered should any developments that may jeopardise the on-time start of this trial arise that an urgent directions hearing be scheduled.
Ms Hack has been remanded in custody at Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison since September 2016.
"It's obviously a matter she is anxious to get dealt with," Ms Graves said.
Mr Matthews, who was on bail, was late and missed the directions hearing, however, appeared in court for his bail to be extended.
This is the second hearing in a row not attended by Mr Matthews, who failed to appear in March when he missed his bus from New Norfolk.