Dates have been set for the full hearing of Alex Salmond’s legal challenge against the Scottish Government.
The former first minister is taking court action against the Scottish Government to contest the complaints process activated against him in relation to sexual harassment allegations.
Two allegations, which he strongly denies, were made in January.
He has since resigned from the SNP and is pursuing a judicial review in Scotland’s highest civil court.
The case is due to call at the Court of Session for a hearing set for four days from January 15, with an earlier procedural hearing on November 6.
A spokesman for Mr Salmond said: “Alex is very encouraged that our Petition for Judicial Review has now been called in the Court of Session.
“We intend to demonstrate that the complaints procedure deployed against Alex by the Scottish Government was unlawful. We will do our talking in that court.”
The Scottish Government has previously vowed to “vigorously defend” the case, saying it is “confident our processes are legally sound”.