NO appeal cases will end up in front of Britain's Privy Council at the time of the handover, Solicitor-General Daniel Fung Wah-kin promised yesterday. He made the pledge before attending the 14th LawAsia biennial conference in Beijing, which was opened by President Jiang Zemin. Mr Fung said most appeal cases took only one or two days to be examined by Privy Council. And there was a time limit for lawyers for both defendants and plaintiffs to make a final statements in the court, he said. 'Therefore, there will not be any case suddenly adjourned on the date of the handover as it will be feasible for the Privy Council to anticipate the trial time needed for a case,' he said. Given this, Mr Fung believed there was no need for the Privy Council to spell out a cut-off date for the lodging of appeal cases. Appropriate arrangements would be made by the Privy Council as to when cases would be dealt with, he said. Reports have suggested the Privy Council was not going to set a cut-off date for appeal cases from Hong Kong, posing a danger some cases could be abruptly stopped by the handover on July 1, 1997. Mr Fung also rejected the possibility of technical problems in transferring appeal cases from the Privy Council to Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal, to be established on that date. Unfinished cases could be transferred directly to the Court of Final Appeal, he said. The Solicitor-General said the situation was clear because the cut-off date for the final jurisdiction system was the handover date. In his speech to the conference, Mr Fung emphasised that the enactment of the Court of Final Appeal Ordinance was a milestone in the transition of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty. He said this ensured the continuity of Hong Kong's legal system. Mr Fung also admitted it could prove embarrassing if the Legal Department had to assist the Preparatory Committee for the takeover in amending legislation originally drafted by the Government. But he believed he would have no problem in helping the committee rewrite the territory's laws if that were needed. It largely depended on whether the future direction of the Government was to co-operate with the Preparatory Committee, the Solicitor-General said.