Essendon's former high performance coach Dean Robinson.

Essendon's former high performance coach Dean Robinson. Photo: Getty

The court battle between Essendon and former high-performance coach Dean Robinson over his potential $2 million lawsuit against the club is not expected to go to trial until late next year.

The case went before Supreme Court Associate Justice Robyn Lansdowne on Monday, with lawyers for both parties arguing they needed for more time before the matter went to trial.

Defence lawyer Paul O'Grady, representing the Essendon Football Club, told the court there was likely to be a substantial amount of material produced under subpoena from third parties in the case and this needed to be examined. A decision would then have to be made on who would be called to give evidence, he said.

Associate Justice Lansdowne set down a timetable for the production of documents and ordered a mediation hearing to be held by May 30. A further directions hearing will then be held on June 16.

Robinson, nicknamed "The Weapon", is seeking damages for being what he believes is the scapegoat for the club's supplement scandal. He filed a writ against the club in October.