Legal action over delays and defects with the new $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital has been put on hold.
The case came before the South Australian Supreme Court on Thursday amid increasing state government concerns.
But it has been adjourned until later this month to give a recently appointed independent expert time to rule on whether he has the necessary jurisdiction to resolve the matter.
The hospital was initially due to be complete in early in 2016 but is now not likely to be handed over to the government until March next year.
That would mean the first patients are unlikely to be admitted until the middle of 2017.
In court on Thursday, the hospital’s developers also indicated they would seek to have the legal action ruled an abuse of process should it proceed to trial.
Government counsel argued against such a move.
Justice Malcolm Blue adjourned the case until September 23, by which time the independent expert was expected to have ruled on his powers.
As problems with the hospital continue, the SA opposition has urged the government to suspend its controversial Transforming Health agenda until the new facility is open.
Transforming Health involves the consolidation of some services and the closure of one public hospital, with the opening of the new RAH also a key component.
“Pushing on with Transforming Health without access to the new RAH is reckless and dangerous,” opposition health spokesman Stephen Wade said.
“Today the hospital is more than seven months beyond its original completion date, $640 million over budget and the government is in court fighting about who will pay for the raft of problems that have plagued the project.”