Judges set to consider a landmark challenge to the Government's localisation policy admitted yesterday they do not understand the case. Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary said a mountain of documents provided by the two sides had failed to put them in the picture. He called for guidance to help the judges identify the important issues and the judge warned the case might take 90 days instead of the nine days expected unless steps were taken to clarify the situation. He described the position as 'unsatisfactory' and said the judges were not properly prepared. 'What judge in his right mind would pretend he was in the state he ought to be in for an appeal of this magnitude? At the moment I can't pretend I am sufficiently on top of this case,' said Mr Justice Bokhary. Expatriate civil servants are fighting to stop government policies which they claim discriminate against them. They are appealing against 16 decisions made by Mr Justice Brian Keith in a High Court ruling last September. The appeal was due to start yesterday before Mr Justice Bokhary, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Mr Justice Barry Mortimer. But the need for further preparation led to the case being adjourned. Mr Justice Bokhary said: 'This is a desperate attempt to get the thing into shape.' He asked members of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants and lawyers representing the Government to provide 'a bird's eye view' of the case. Adrian Huggins QC, for the Government, argued the problem was caused by the late preparation of documents supplied by civil servants. 'I do protest in the most vehement terms. The situation which has arisen is entirely a result of the way in which they have chosen to conduct this matter,' he said. The appeal challenges Mr Justice Keith's landmark ruling which declared 18 government decisions to be lawful and five to be unlawful. Most important in the eyes of the civil servants is his ruling that the demoting of expatriates is lawful even though it infringes freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. The association also wishes to challenge decisions which were not considered by Mr Justice Keith, including some made after his ruling. It cannot afford to hire counsel and is representing itself. Association vice-president Michael Scott, who is employed by the Legal Department, addressed the judge. He said the issues in the case, which continues today, were simple and related to breaches of fundamental rights.