A BAR Association proposal to allow only solicitors with 10 years' advocacy experience to be eligible for the Supreme Court was unworkable, the Government said. The Bar is unhappy with the Supreme Court (Amendment) Bill 1995, which, if approved, will make solicitors with 10 years' experience eligible for appointment to the Supreme Court. At present, only barristers with 10 years' advocacy experience or solicitors working as government lawyers are eligible. But Bar Association chairman Gladys Li QC said advocacy embraced a variety of skills essential for judicial work. 'The Bar has always said certain solicitors would be and should be eligible for appointment to the High Court. 'We've never seen it as a turf war,' she said. Deputy Solicitor-General Robert Allcock said advocacy skills were suitability - not eligibility - criteria and they were not the monopoly of barristers. And he said the Bar's proposal would create many problems. Law Society President Roderick Woo Bun insisted solicitors possessed the right attributes to be considered for appointment to the High Court bench.