FOUR key appointments to the post-handover Judiciary were unanimously approved at the provisional legislature in Shenzhen yesterday. A motion moved by Secretary of Justice-designate Elsie Leung Oi-sie approved the appointment of Mr Justice Henry Litton, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary to the Court of Final Appeal and Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi as the Chief Judge of the High Court. 'With such a line-up, the HKSAR Judiciary and indeed Hong Kong's legal system are not only assured of a smooth transition, it is poised to continue the development of the common law in Hong Kong in the new and challenging era ahead,' Ms Leung said. It emerged that Mr Justices Litton, Ching and Bokhary had been selected after the Judicial Officers' Recommendation Commission had considered more than 400 candidates. For the post of Chief Judge for the High Court, the Commission considered more than 140 hopefuls. The Commission will formally recommend the appointments to the Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa on July 1. Last month, the interim body gave its blessing to the appointment of Andrew Li Kwok-nang as Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal. As the Basic Law has provided for a 'through-train' for all serving judges after the handover, Ms Leung said that steps were being taken to ensure the continued employment of all serving judges and judicial officers. THE bill which provides for the swearing-in of provisional legislature members on July 1 was tabled for its first reading yesterday. The Oaths and Declarations (Amendment) Bill 1997 seeks to implement, through local legislation, a relevant provision in Basic Law. The provision stipulates that, when assuming office, the Chief Executive-designate, his principal officials, Executive and Legislative Council members and Judges will have to swear to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to Hong Kong SAR.