The final Crime and Corruption Commission court case against former WA Premier Brian Burke will start tomorrow.
The trial of Mr Burke had been due to begin in the Perth Magistrate's Court today along with public servant Gary Stokes. The pair had been charged with the disclosure of official information relating to land rezoning in Whitby.
But the case was adjourned for a day for lawyers to determine what aspects of the case were being objected to by defence lawyers.
Mr Burke said as he was leaving court hat he was "quietly confident" of the outcome but concerned about the impact the matter was having on his family. He said he had done nothing wrong and was the target of a "20-year witch hunt".
The court heard that the prosecution and lawyers for the pair had agreed on some matters, reducing the length of time needed for the trial. But time was still needed to deal with objections defence lawyers were maintaining over other aspects of the case.
Prosecutor Bruno Fiannaca said agreement had been reached that some witnesses would not be needed to testify about phone calls, warrants and the interception of calls and emails in the CCC case.
Earlier this year, the State dropped separate CCC charges that had been levelled at Mr Burke and two others over an alleged plan to secretly change a government policy on the pearling industry in 2006.
The charges had been thrown out by a Supreme Court judge in 2010 but were due for a retrial after an appeal by the State.
The DPP later withdrew the charges, saying there was a reasonable prospect of conviction but a lack of public interest. It had also taken into account the "exceptional" personal and financial hardship the men had experienced.
In April 2010, Mr Burke was fined $25,000 after being found guilty of one count of lying to the CCC during the corruption watchdog's investigation into the controversial Smiths Beach development in WA's south west.
He was acquitted of four similar charges.
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