The Chief Justice has been asked to clear up confusion over whether top lawyers appointed by the queen can retain their colonial title in the SAR. Chairman of the Bar Association Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, who now describes herself as Senior Counsel, or SC, instead of Queen's Counsel, said she hoped to discuss the issue with the Chief Justice and the Secretary of Justice soon. She has already sent a letter to the top judge, Andrew Li Kwok-nang, expressing the view that QCs should now be called SCs on all formal occasions. Ms Eu said: 'It is preferable that we are all known by one common name. The appointment of Queen's Counsel was because Hong Kong was, prior to July 1, a British dependent territory. 'Since we are now appearing in the SAR courts, we ought to be formally known as Senior Counsel.' Some lawyers have said QCs would gain an advantage if allowed to keep the title. Their colleagues appointed under the SAR will be known only as Senior Counsel. One said: 'I will not be applying to become a Senior Counsel. It is not worth the paper it is written on.' Government lawyers have chosen to use both the old and new titles. They now have the letters QC, SC after their names. Others insist on being known only as QC and one is calling himself SC, QC. Ms Eu said it was important to clear up the confusion. She said only the title SC should be used in court, in legal judgments and on the Bar's list of barristers. The presence of the queen on legal documents continued to cause concern in courts yesterday. Indictments - documents bearing details of criminal charges - still name the queen as the prosecuting authority if they were lodged before the handover. Some worried judges have had the documents altered to remove the queen and to replace her with the Hong Kong SAR. But the prosecution told one judge there was no legal power to make such changes because legislation introduced in the early hours of July 1 ensured that the documents remained valid even if they bore the queen's name. That judge solved the problem by not formally altering the document but asking his clerk to use the post-handover terminology when reading the charges to the defendant.