The former energy secretary Chris Huhne was in Southwark Crown Court over accusations that he perverted the course of justice.
Joined by his ex-wife Vicky Pryce the case concerns the claim that he asked her to take his penalty points for a speeding offence in Essex nine years ago.
The pair shared strained smiles as they stood before Mr Justive Saunders. He told them that they should expect the trial to take place before October.
Mr Huhne left his cabinet position last month following the announcement that he would face criminal charges.