The court battle over the Midnight Shift could be over as early as next month after a preliminary hearing in the equity division of the NSW Supreme Court this afternoon.

Barristers for Midnight Shift owners Tim Berry and Cameron Cruz, who brought the case, were pushing for a two day hearing where both sides would present their evidence to be set for early August.

However Arunta Investments, owners of the building that houses the iconic venue, wanted a hearing to occur at least two months away.

After a brief hearing at 2pm, the parties returned to the court around 4, where Supreme Court Justice Michael Ball made a number of orders in relation to the case, and ordered the parties to return to the court this Friday to arrange for a hearing in early August as Berry and Cruz had wanted.

Cruz and Berry seemed pleased at the result as they left the court with around a dozen supporters.

The Shift has been under the control of Arunta Investments, since the morning of Saturday, July 3 when it changed the locks on the premises.

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