There is doubt over the chances of charges being dropped against one of the men accused of assaulting Jesse Ryder.
Lawyer Jonathan Eaton told the Christchurch District Court yesterday he is looking to apply for a stay of proceedings.
He doubts his 37-year-old client can get a fair trial because the case has been seriously misreported.
However, Canterbury University dean of law Chris Gallavin says in other cases where there is high media interest, like the David Bain trial, legal teams request for a transfer in proceedings.
"We're a small jurisdiction, we have to deal with these things in a practical way on a daily basis.
"And I don't think stays of proceedings should be used lightly, and I think if a judge were to grant it in this case it effectively would touch procedure in a light manner and it would set rather a dangerous precedent."
The matter returns to court next month.