A judge at Phuket Provincial Court today nominated March 18-20 for the case, the first time that a branch of Thailand's military has used the controversial computer law to sue a media organisation.
Lists of witnesses were exchanged today, with the Royal Thai Navy nominating four potential witnesses through the Phuket prosecutor and defence lawyers providing a total of 15 witnesses and 17 people who wished to make submissions.
After a brief debate, the judge accepted that witnesses who wish to give evidence on whether the computer law's use is appropriate in this case could remain on the list.
The case centres on the publication on the Phuketwan news site of a paragraph from a Reuters news agency special report on July 17 last year.
Phuketwan's parent company, Big Island Media faces charges with the two bylined authors of the Phuketwan article, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian.
Khun Chutima faces a maximum of seven years in jail while Morison, as both an author and director of the company, faces 14 years.
Similar charges are also being processed against Reuters news agency and the two authors of the original Reuters special report on the Rohingya boatpeople, according to Phuket police.
The case against Reuters and the Reuters journalists is believed to concern the same paragraph.
The question of whether mediation might be possible was not raised today because the original document lodged with a local Phuket police station in December last year specified that the Royal Thai Navy wanted the laws to be enforced.
In Bangkok last week, talks between the two parties, to be mediated by the National Human Rights Commission, were cancelled at the last minute because of the military coup.
Legal costs of Big Island Media, Khun Chutima and Morison are being met by the London-based Media Legal Defence Initiative.
A group of lawyers have teamed up to provide legal counsel. They include the Human Rights Lawyers' Association, iLaw and SR Law.