The pretrial hearing will be held for impeached ex-President Park Geun-hye on May second.

Lawyers on Friday revealed the court schedule for Park, who is currently behind bars on charges including bribery, abuse of power and  leaking of confidential information.

It remains unclear whether the defendant will appear at the hearing at the Seoul Central District Court as the criminal procedure does not require the accused to attend the preparatory hearings.

The trial schedule was initially expected to begin after the presidential election on May ninth.