The Bar Association has called for a halt to personal attacks in the Court of Final Appeal row. 'Things will get worse if personal attacks are launched. I regret this because it may affect how people judge the matter,' chairman Ronny Tong said. He apparently was referring to comments by Basic Law Committee member Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung, who said Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang had acted like a child who did not seek his mother's views. But Mr Tong did not think Dr Wu's remarks amounted to contempt of court. 'It is not a continuous attack and it is hard to prove that he had an inappropriate motive and criminal intent,' he said. Mr Tong said the Government had asked the court to consider a relevant 1996 Preparatory Committee decision during the case - but had not said it was endorsed by the NPC. Pro-Beijing figures have said that the committee's decision - that illegitimate children and those born before one of the parents became a permanent resident should not have right of abode - could not be overruled by the court because it had been endorsed by the NPC. 'It is natural that the views are not adopted by the court,' Mr Tong told an RTHK phone-in. A listener said most people were opposed to the ruling and did not want to allow more mainlanders in. But Bar Association executive committee member Johannes Chan Man-man said the law had to be upheld. 'As the right of abode is provided by the Basic Law, the courts have . . . to protect this right,' he said.