Diverging views have prevented an early start by a panel adjudicating civil servants' complaints. With the SAR's first anniversary two weeks away, the Review Board replacing the pre-handover appeal channel to the British Crown is still on the drawing board. Set out in Tung Chee-hwa's policy programme, the board is to handle complaints against the Chief Executive and advise him on challenges related to appointment, dismissal and discipline. Deputy Secretary for Civil Service Sandra Lee Suk-yee said the four staff consultative councils had 'polarised views' on some aspects. The most contentious issue is whether appeals should be screened before being referred to the board. 'Some support going straight to the board while others want to tighten up a bit.' she said. 'There must be some screening process to enhance the board's efficiency. Otherwise it would be weighed down by an unnecessary workload.' The staff side is split on whether there should be hearings. Whether the board should include union representatives is another sticky issue. Chinese Civil Servants' Association president Cecilia So Chui-kuen said hearings could improve the board's credibility. 'It wouldn't be fair if complainants weren't allowed to make representations,' she said. The association agreed screening would increase efficiency but warned of the danger of censorship. She hoped officials would not 'rush a decision or disputes will follow'. Ms Lee said a middle-of-the-road approach would be adopted. 'Their views are so extreme. We have to strike a balance and avoid leaning towards either side.' Mr Tung will issue directives to establish the board this year after the details are finalised. Under the government proposal, the board comprises a chairman, two members nominated by the staff side and four other members. It will be invoked on a case by case basis at the Chief Executive's discretion.