The trial of barrister Lloyd Rayney, charged over the wilful murder of his wife Corryn, could take as long as six months, a court has been told this morning.
Wearing prison greens Mr Raney, 48, appeared via video link from Hakea Prison in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate's Court.
The prosecutor told the court the trial could go for six months considering 650 statements had been taken, 30 lever arch files compiled and 4,500 items actioned.
Lawyer John Prior, for Mr Rayney, re-affirmed his client's intention to plead not guilty to wilfully murdering his wife in August 2007.
Mr Prior said Mr Rayney wanted to plead not guilty today but the Magistrate would not allow it until the prosecution brief had been received.
Mr Prior said the allegation and now charge had been "over his (Mr Raney's) head in excess of three years. He wants his day in court, he wants his trial," Mr Prior said.
The case is adjourned to February 2.
Mr Raney was arrested and charged last Wednesday when police publicly swooped on his car near the Perth Bell Tower.
Mrs Raney, a popular Supreme Court Registrar and mother of two disappeared after her regular boot-scooting class in Bentley.
Nine days later her body was discovered in a Kings Park grave.
Mr Rayney will apply to be released on bail in the Supreme Court on Friday.
Special arrangements to have a judge other than a sitting court justice to hear the bail application are being made because of the Mr Rayney's strong links in the WA legal community.
Former WA Supreme Court Justice Robert Anderson has been brought back from retirement to hear the bail application.
Justice Anderson retired in 2003 after 13 years on the Supreme Court bench. He was sworn in this morning as an Auxiliary Judge of the WA Supreme Court.
Director of Public Prosecutions Joe McGrath has handed over the case to his NSW counterpart Nicholas Cowdery because of Mr Rayney’s former long-term employment with the WA office.