The District Judge hearing the committal proceedings against the only soldier to be charged in connection with Bloody Sunday has refused a request from some of the families that the hearing be adjourned to allow the issue of anonymity for the accused to be dealt with.
The hearing involving the former Paratrooper identified as Soldier F, who is charged with the murders of William McKinney and James Wray on January 30, 1972, and four attempted murders on the same date, entered its third day yesterday.
At the start of proceedings, Louis Mably QC, for the prosecution, said a letter had been received from some of the families asking that Soldier F's anonymity be addressed immediately.
He added: "What is being sought is an adjournment of this committal to deal with the matter of anonymity".
The barrister said that a timetable had been proposed to deal with the issue after witness evidence finishes next Wednesday.
District Judge Ted Magill said: "I am not prepared to allow these proceedings to be delayed.
"My view is that there is no urgency about this because this committal is not going to end anytime soon."
The judge said that court time to deal with the matter had been set aside at the end of June and again in September.
He added that there had been enough delays in this case and he was not prepared to delay it further.
The hearing then resumed but, for legal reasons, witness testimony cannot be reported.
The case is scheduled to be heard today and then on Monday through to Wednesday of next week.