MS LEUNG defended a decision not to invite Andrew Li to appear before the interim body and face questions. 'Say somebody asked him whether the provisional legislature was legal, it would affect people's views as to whether he could maintain the independence of the Judiciary if he presided over a case in court after making known his stance,' she said. Ms Leung would not be drawn on whether the interim body's endorsement of the proposed appointment of Mr Li would harm his reputation. 'The provisional legislature has a legal basis,' she said. The Bar Association has cast doubt on the legality of the provisional legislature.