She had sought to delay the trial at least until November 8, and possibly until next January, as the addition of sex trafficking charges to her indictment on March 29 had more than doubled the size of government business.
Prosecutors opposed a postponement, but said they could agree to a March 2022 start date to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Ms Nathan said any adjournment should be “no longer than necessary,” noting Ms Maxwell is imprisoned in Brooklyn.
“It is important to note that all victims and the general public have a keen interest in the trial proceeding without undue delay,” she added.
Ms Maxwell’s lawyers have repeatedly complained that preparations for her trial were hampered by her treatment in prison.
She objected to guards who allegedly interfered with her review of evidence and waking her up at night by shining flashlights in her cell to make sure she did not commit suicide.
Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.