[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.getty.coleman.jpg caption="Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is contesting the canvassing board's decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount."]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - The three-judge panel overseeing former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's post-election lawsuit announced at a pre-trial hearing Friday that the trial will commence "promptly" at 1 pm central time on Monday.
The judges said that starting Tuesday, the proceedings will follow a regular 9 am to 4:30 pm schedule, with an hour break each day for lunch, adding that they aim to make the process speedy as "there is some urgency to this matter."
Coleman is contesting the recount results, which gave Democrat Al Franken a 225 vote lead.
In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Coleman said that once the court finishes its business, he still anticipates a victory.