A Christchurch man charged with drugging a male couch surfer is fighting to keep his identity a secret.

The 36-year-old will stand trial later this year on one charge of stupefying with a sexual intention.

He has had name suppression since he was charged in November 2014.

However, after a hearing at Christchurch District Court this month, Judge Jane Farish lifted the suppression order. She was not satisfied that publication of his name would cause him extreme hardship.

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Defence counsel Andrew McCormick had until 1pm today to file an appeal against the decision.

A court official this morning confirmed the appeal had been lodged.

A High Court hearing date to decide whether he can keep his name suppressed ahead of the October 7 trial is yet to be set down.

The man has been remanded on electronically-monitored bail.