A DEPUTY judge yesterday ordered the file of a conspiracy case be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions following a district judge's comment on an eight-month delay by the Legal Department in the preparation of the case. In the District Court, Deputy Judge O'Donnell made the order while refixing a trial date for hair salon owners Chan Pang-hing, 29, and Chan Pang-ying, 22, for conspiring to transfer two passports to another person between April 1991 and April 1992. The hearing will start on January 26. On Wednesday, Judge Jackson granted an application for adjournment made by defence counsel Mr Bernard Chung to allow time for Mr Chung to examine a large bundle of documents, which were served on the defence when the trial was due to start on Tuesday. While granting the application, Judge Jackson queried why the Legal Department had failed to make earlier preparation, which led to the wasting of public funds and the setting down of two days in court. Judge Jackson said he had been told that nothing was done by the prosecution between July 28, 1992, and last month to prepare for the trial. The defendants had their bail extended.