The federal judge overseeing the prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump on charges of illegally storing dozens of classified documents set a trial date Friday for May 2024, taking a middle ground between the government’s request to be tried in December and Mr. Trump’s desire to push the case forward until after the 2024 election.

In her order, Judge Aileen M. Cannon said the trial will take place in her home courtroom in Fort Pierce, Fla., a coastal city two and a half hours north of Miami, which will draw its jury pool from several counties that Mr. Trump easily won in his two previous presidential campaigns.

Judge Cannon also set a calendar of hearings, throughout the rest of this year and into next year, including those regarding the handling of the confidential material at the heart of the case.

The scheduling order came after a contentious hearing Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, where prosecutors working for the special counsel, Jack Smith, and lawyers for Mr. Trump sparred over when to hold the trial.

The timing of the proceedings is more important in this case than in most criminal matters because Mr. Trump is now the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and his legal obligations to be in court will intersect with his campaign schedule.

Indeed, the date Judge Cannon chose to begin the trial — May 20, 2024 — is one day before the primary election in the key swing state of Georgia. But it falls after most of the primary races have already taken place.

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