The Obscene Articles Tribunal is being bombarded with articles for classification, with the workload soaring by nearly 200 per cent in the first eight months of this year. For the whole of last year, 2,434 articles were submitted to the tribunal for classification - with 209 referred by magistrates courts and 2,225 submitted by individuals, the police, or the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority. Between January and August this year, however, these numbers have soared. The courts referred 48,827 articles, while 767 were submitted by other bodies. So far, 23,444 of these articles arising from courts have been determined, and 744 from other sources classified. Of those, 14,748 were CD-ROMs, 4,591 were video tapes and 1,255 were magazines. A Judiciary spokesman attributed the rise to more crackdowns by Customs officials. 'Sometimes if customs make a seizure, they may have thousands or tens of thousands of discs,' she said. Tribunal member Mervyn Cheung Man-ping said the rapid increase in articles for classification was taking its toll on adjudicators. 'This is an area that the tribunal should be beefing up in terms of manpower resources,' he said.