The hearing was brief, and the case was adjourned until Aug. 19. The National Prosecuting Authority said it expected to prepare an indictment for his next appearance and hoped that the trial would begin before the end of the year.
Mr. Pistorius, a double amputee and competitive runner, has denied the prosecution’s charge of premeditated murder in the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whose body was found in a locked bathroom at his home in a gated compound in Pretoria, the South African capital, in the early hours of Feb. 14.
Defense lawyers have depicted the shooting as a tragic accident in which Mr. Pistorius, 26, believed that an intruder had entered his home. Ms. Steenkamp, 29, a model and a law school graduate, was spending the night there. According to defense testimony, Mr. Pistorius opened fire through a locked bathroom door, not realizing that Ms. Steenkamp was on the other side. She was hit by at least three bullets.
In the hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors asked for the postponement until August, and the defense agreed. The grounds for the postponement were not immediately made public. Clean-shaven and wearing a gray suit, Mr. Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner for the prosthetics he uses to compete, faced a battery of photographers and reporters.
In a hearing that lasted less than 20 minutes, a