A magistrate has outlined his determination to have Craig Thomson's fraud case to start on schedule despite another delay in court proceedings against the former federal MP.
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday of a delay in the prosecution receiving documents from Mr Thomson's lawyers because a prosecution solicitor had been on leave since a court hearing last month.
Defence barrister Greg James, QC, handed the documents over to prosecutors on Tuesday.
It was unclear whether the documents were admitted facts in relation to allegations Mr Thomson used Health Services Union credit cards, as the prosecution had requested, or undisputed facts.
The delay means the prosecution and defence must still resolve some legal disputes before Mr Thomson faces a committal hearing to answer 173 fraud and theft charges.
Mr Thomson, 49, is accused of using HSU credit cards to pay for sexual services at brothels and escort agencies, pornographic movies at hotels, flights, food and drink, car hire and other expenses during his role as the union's national secretary from 2002 to his election to Parliament as the Labor MP for the NSW seat of Dobell in 2007.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg described the latest delay as unsatisfactory but told both parties he would stick to the case's schedule.
"I am determined this matter proceeds (to committal) on the 2nd of December in whatever form," Mr Rozencwajg said.
"We are fast approaching that day so the witnesses need to start being lined up and give their (evidence)."
A previous court hearing was told the prosecution planned to call 113 witnesses during the committal hearing, 67 of them to give evidence on the issue of who had been using the credit cards and 46 on whether Mr Thomson had the authority to use them.
Mr Thomson stood as an independent in September's federal election to try to retain but was beaten by Liberal Karen McNamara.
His case is scheduled to return to court on November 11.