Convicted killer Susan Blythe Neill-Fraser's appeal may be delayed another two months.
Slated to be heard in March, Neill-Fraser's counsel Paul Galbally asked the Court of Criminal Appeal on Friday to instead consider starting the appeal on May 25, a date when senior counsel Tom Percy would be available.
Neill-Fraser, 65, is serving a 23-year-jail sentence for the murder of her partner Bob Chappell who was last seen on the couple's yacht on Australia Day 2009.
She maintains her innocence and in March successfully won a bid to appeal her conviction a second time.
Outside the court, Neill-Fraser's daughter Sarah Bowles expressed her frustration at the delay.
"It feels really inadequate for dealing with a miscarriage of justice and it feels inadequate that people's lives are really are dependent on this kind of bureaucratic system," Ms Bowles said.
"We are not going to replace counsel so unless mum chooses to represent herself in the appeal, there's really an impossibility that we can go ahead with those dates that were originally set out.
"We have an excellent legal team but, from what I just witnessed, it seems like while this runs in Tasmania we have limited hope of getting a positive outcome."
Ms Bowles said she was extremely disappointed her mother was spending another Christmas behind bars.
"This is time we are never going to get back. These are memories that are getting lost," she said.
"We're in the system that put here there in the first place and our only hope is to go through this process."
Director of Public Prosecutions Daryl Coates said the Crown would be objecting to some evidence from the appeal bid being used in the appeal.
"There may be some evidence that we agree, but there is certainly some evidence that we don't," Mr Coates said.
"Evidence falls into admissible grounds, it's not fresh and compelling and some of it is not relevant."
The court heard the bench had received a USB and transcript of key witness Meaghan Vass' unedited interview with television show 60 Minutes on November 29.
In the interview, Ms Vass says Neill-Fraser was not on the yacht when Mr Chappell was killed.
Mr Coats said Ms Vass would be called to give evidence in the appeal.
Justice Helen Wood said the court would have an answer regarding changing the date of the appeal for the parties next week.