Hand said he didn't know if the hearing would be May 12 or June 9, deferring that question to the city magistrate. A City Hall representative said the magistrate would be out of the office until Wednesday.
Hand, who is paid by the city for presiding as judge, said he would ask either side if they want him to recuse himself, which he would do "if the party has a legitimate objection."
Impartiality may be hard to find because so many people handling the case in the small rural town are connected to Coe and Wreyford.
City attorney Chad Lee, who would be responsible for prosecuting the mayor, is also the mayor's personal attorney. Lee did not return any calls made to his office by The Star this week.
Hand said he would ask either the City Council or the state Administrative Office of Courts to select someone else to preside over the case if he recuses himself.
Earlier in April Coe referred any requests for comment to Lee. Lee told The Star previously that Coe, 57, was the victim of an attack by Wreyford and had a legal right to defend himself.
Wreyford, 69, said he was attacked by the mayor after entering Coe's office at the city Utilities Board to recover a digital audio recorder the mayor took from him while they were arguing over a city noise ordinance.
Wreyford suffered three cracks to his skull near his left eye in the brief altercation, in which he said he kicked the mayor in the groin to get him off of him.
Wreyford's wife Naomi said Thursday the case can't be handled properly in either Wedowee or Randolph County.
"It needs to be totally impartial," she said.
Hand said if he does preside over the case that he would handle it like any other.
"I found the (police) chief's son guilty of a crime in one town," Hand said. "I try to live by the book."