The Democratic Party vowed last night to go ahead with a lawsuit against the provisional legislature regardless of the result of its application for legal aid. Solicitor Albert Ho Chun-yan said a party member had filed an application for legal aid to take the case to court. The Legal Aid Department confirmed it was processing the application. If successful, legal action could be taken straightaway. Party colleague Lee Wing-tat, who also sits on a four-member group set up to deal with the issue, said the party hoped the lawsuit could be filed before the handover. Colleague Andrew Cheng Kar-foo estimated legal costs for the case could run into millions of dollars if legal aid was not granted to the party representative. But Mr Lee said: 'I am confident the application will be approved.' The application came after the Holidays (1997 & 1998) Bill completed readings at the provisional legislature in Shenzhen last Saturday. Ip Kwok-him of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said: 'It's better for [the court case] to come soon.' Post-handover executive councillor and provisional legislature member Tam Yiu-chung said: 'The legality of the provisional legislature is beyond all doubt. That will be the political party's own business for what they want to do.'