A SENIOR administrator with proven experience and management skills should be appointed to reform the judiciary and bolster its efficiency, Legislative Councillors said yesterday. Councillors said they were unhappy about the long waiting time before cases were heard. The legal profession's representative, Mr Simon Ip Sik-on, warned that the reputation of Hongkong's legal system would be tarnished if the Government continued to dodge the need to amend the judiciary's bureaucracy. Mr Ip's suggestion to appoint an administrator was supported by his Legco colleagues, especially those in the legal profession. Legislator Mr Moses Cheng Mo-chi said the proposal sounded a reasonable way to tackle the problem but added: ''It is not a question of resources, or whether information technology is applied. There is a need for fundamental changes to the judicial system.'' Mr Cheng said a number of areas should be identified for the administrator to consider. ''Complaints have been received from members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and court users but these have not been addressed,'' he said. ''The situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming year. ''There are instances where the time before a case is heard misses the target set by the Chief Justice by a multiple of three.'' Mr Ip said the protracted processing time gave any defendant cause to apply to dismiss a prosecution under the Bill of Rights, which stipulates that every criminal charge will be tried without undue delay. Mr Ip was also critical of the meagre increase in the budget allocated for the judiciary in the coming year. He said the judiciary should be revolutionised with modern management and technology. He also called for the judiciary to lay down performance pledges and said adequate resources must be made available to implement them in order to ''preserve the majesty of the law and the dignity of our courts''. Under the Budget, funds earmarked for the judiciary during 1993-94 exceed the current year by only $9.8 million, a mere 2.3 per cent rise. Legislator Miss Emily Lau Wai-hing added: ''We need an administrator who will be dedicated to the judiciary and can revamp a management system which is obsolete.''