A MAN charged over the fatal Black Saturday blaze at Churchill will face a pre-trial hearing next May.
Brendan Sokaluk, 39, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link from the Melbourne Assessment Prison today.
He is facing 191 charges, including 10 counts of arson causing death as well as intentionally causing a bushfire, criminal damage, recklessly causing injury and possessing child pornography.
The court heard there were 610 witnesses in the case.
Magistrate Simon Garnett set a committal date for May 31 next year, with the hearing expected to go for about six weeks.