PROVISIONAL legislature president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said she felt honoured to be named as defendant in a lawsuit against the legality of the interim body. She was referring to the Democratic Party's attempt to challenge the legal basis of the legislation passed by the provisional legislature before July 1. 'To be able to do something to defend the status of the provisional legislature - I feel honoured to do so. 'Being the provisional legislature president, I will bear my responsibility,' Mrs Fan said after the interim body's meeting in Shenzhen yesterday. She said she had not received a summons, but felt sure she would win. 'I am confident the matter will be resolved in our favour because all these months since the provisional legislature has been established, we have been very careful that we act within the realm of the law,' she said. She had not considered disbanding the interim body if she lost the case, because she had never thought of losing it. 'The legality of the provisional legislature need not be argued. It is normal in a community like Hong Kong to take the case to court if one disagrees with that,' she said. But the community had to pay the price to safeguard judicial independence by paying the bill for the lawsuit, Mrs Fan said. Democratic Party member Ng King-luen, the plaintiff, has been granted legal aid to pursue the case. Public funds of the SAR would also be involved if Mrs Fan is to be sued. 'I hope we will not spend too much public funds. But this is not in my hands now. A price has to be paid to uphold judicial independence,' she said. The interim body's legal adviser had been working on the lawsuit, Mrs Fan said.