Former federal speaker Peter Slipper will appear in court next month to be formally charged with offences relating to the fraudulent use of government-issued taxi vouchers.
Mr Slipper's case was briefly mentioned in his absence in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday, where Registrar Hugh Jorgensen agreed to a defence application for the case to be stood over to March 25.
Mr Slipper faces three charges alleging he dishonestly used a taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card for $1000 worth of trips to wineries and restaurants outside Canberra in 2010.
Outside the court, Mr Slipper's solicitor Peter Russo said his client was required to attend the next proceedings.
He expected Mr Slipper would then be formally charged and might have to enter a plea.
Mr Russo declined to comment on Mr Slipper's instructions on how he wished to proceed with the case, including whether he planned to plead guilty or defend the case.
But he said it was difficult to understand how the case had progressed to the stage it had, because such matters weren't usually dealt with through the courts.
"It is also difficult to understand why the commonwealth would be prosecuting the matter on the basis ... of the quantum of the matter being possibly $900," Mr Russo told reporters on Friday.
"It's difficult to understand what the public interest would be in pursuing this matter."
He said in the current era such matters might be sent to justice mediation, rather that to court, "because of the cost of it".
Asked if Mr Slipper was being treated differently, Mr Russo said there were questions.
"It would appear historically that these matters have been resolved in a different fashion," he said.
"It gets to the question: is there one rule for one and another rule for another.
"There is that suspicion on my part that the matter could have been dealt with differently."
Mr Slipper, a former Liberal party member, resigned from the speaker's position last year and now sits on the crossbenches as an independent federal MP for his Queensland seat of Fisher.