There was standing room only at the High Court yesterday as almost 100 Rennie's Mill residents packed the public gallery for their long-awaited clash with the Government. Mr Justice Raymond Sears held up proceedings and sent court staff on a search for seats for the mainly elderly litigants. When the court opened, many were left standing, making the public gallery look more like the terraces of a football stadium. The judge said the proceedings would be conducted in English and asked if all the residents wanted to stay. When they said they did, he set about organising extra chairs. Nine seats were made available in the box usually reserved for jurors. A bench was carried in from the jury room and chairs appeared from the judge's chambers. A seat was removed from the witness box. Mr Justice Sears offered to arrange for an interpreter to translate the proceedings. Warren Chan QC, representing 82 residents, said some of them could understand English.