A man's defence counsel will question his former wife about alleged family violence during a one and a half day contested committal hearing.
Christopher Rodgers appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for a date to be set for the committal.
The court heard Rodgers is facing a total of 32 charges, the most serious being intentionally cause injury, recklessly cause injury and reckless conduct endangering life.
Six witnesses will be cross-examined during the contested committal hearing, including Rodgers' former wife, two medical practitioners, the informant and two other police witnesses.
In setting a date, Magistrate Ron Saines said the case had already been delayed extensively and he believed the committal could be run as an online hearing to prevent further delays.
Committal hearings have not been running physically at Ballarat court since COVID-19 hit to reduce the number of people in the building.
A number of committal hearings have been heard online, including the high profile case of horse trainer Darren Weir.
Rodgers' defence lawyer Ron Tait said he expected the cross-examination of the complainant would be protracted.
November 19 and 20 was set for the online contested committal hearing.
Evidence against Rodgers will be tested throughout the hearing and the magistrate will determine whether it should go to trial in the County Court.
Another brief with a plea guilty to a single charge and a breach of a good behaviour bond was also adjourned to that date.
Rodgers made an application to vary his bail on Tuesday to allow him to reside with his parents at Winter Valley.
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