Judge Conal Gibbons said the victim's injuries were too serious to be dealt with in the Dublin District Court.
He ordered the case to be sent back to State prosecutors before a decision on whether Stokes will have to stand trial in Ireland's higher Circuit Court.
Stokes, 25, was remanded on bail of £814 until July 17.
The footballer, of Glasgow, was charged with assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley, 42, at Buck Whaley's nightclub on Leeson Street, Dublin, on June 8, 2013.
He made no reply to the charge when it was formally put to him.
Mr Bradley, an Elvis impersonator from Ballyfermot, west Dublin, was treated for a suspected broken nose and chipped teeth following an incident in the nightclub.