A bold move by expatriate civil servants to immediately reverse the Government's localisation policy was blocked yesterday by the Court of Appeal. Michael Scott, the vice-president of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants, asked that officers ousted from their jobs by 'discriminatory' policies be immediately reinstated while awaiting a decision. The request was made because the case will not return to the court until November 4. The civil servants are appealing against 16 decisions made by Mr Justice Brian Keith last September in a High Court ruling. 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. But Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Mr Justice Barry Mortimer rejected Mr Scott's request. Joseph Fok, for the Government, said the seven affected officers might not even want reinstatement. 'The seven about to leave their positions would either have resigned themselves to that fact and found other employment or been vociferous in their opposition to this policy,' he said. 'The fact they haven't come forward is telling.' Mr Fok added that the policy was designed to replace less competent officers with more able staff. Any move to undo it would therefore make the civil service less efficient, he said. But Mr Scott said such an 'opening up' policy was merely an attempt to replace overseas workers with local Chinese. The civil servants say they cannot afford to hire counsel and are representing themselves.