A pre-trial hearing in the case of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives is set to go ahead on 2 September, the Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

The hearing on issues of disclosure was due to take place last week, but lawyers for the defendant said they needed more time.

They said they needed more time to review large volumes of documents handed over by the prosecution.

Sean FitzPatrick, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow; William McAteer, of Auburn Villas, Rathgar, Dublin 6; and Pat Whelan, of Coast Road, Malahide, Co Dublin; have been charged with 16 counts of allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.

They are due to go on trial next January.

Last week defence and prosecution lawyers also asked for a single judge to "take control" of the pre-trial process amid fears of prejudicial media coverage.

Defence lawyers warned of a "media frenzy whipping up a lynch mob mentality".

The lawyers called for "an air of calm to be restored to the public from which a jury will be drawn".

No decision has been made yet on the assignment of a judge to the case.