Legal aid has been granted for the convicted rapist and murderer, Liam Reid, for another appeal against his conviction.
Reid is serving a 23-year sentence for killing Christchurch deaf woman Emma Agnew in 2007 and for raping and attempting to murder a university student in Dunedin nine days later.
His lawyer Chris Tennet said there was some limbo with plans for the appeal, but that had changed.
"There was an assignment made, but funding wasn't approved, but that changed in the last month or two, so we're moving on it."
Mr Tennet he expected to file an appeal before mid-next year.