Jayant Patel's lawyers will again apply to poll prospective jurors about bias when the Bundaberg surgeon next stands trial in Brisbane.

Patel will face court later this year on one charge of grievous bodily harm over allegations he inappropriately removed the colon of Ian Vowles in October 2004.

His barrister, Ken Fleming QC, told the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday he would seek to have the jury panel quizzed about prior knowledge and possible bias against Patel, who has been the subject of significant publicity since his arrest.

If allowed, the polling is expected to take the form of a written questionnaire, followed by clarification of any answers in open court.

Jury members faced a similar process in Patel's trial earlier this year over the death of Bundaberg Hospital patient Mervyn Morris, 75, in June 2003.

Patel was cleared of Mr Morris's manslaughter at the end of a 23-day trial.

Mr Fleming also indicated on Friday he would apply to have the upcoming grievous bodily harm trial - for which no date has yet been set - moved to the District Court in Brisbane.

He said the Crown had not indicated whether it intended to proceed with two other manslaughter cases against his client and so it was more appropriate for the lesser charge to be heard in the lower court.

Assertions by Mr Fleming and prosecutor David Meredith that the grievous bodily harm trial would be concluded within 10 days was met with bemused cynicism by Justice Glenn Martin, who noted the previous trial blew out by 13 days.

He said he would find at least a 15-day block for the Vowles matter.

Patel's case will be reviewed again next Friday.

He was not in court this week for the mention.

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