A solicitor's clerk who claimed he was a solicitor made a complete mockery of the legal system, a judge said yesterday. District Court Judge Barnabas Fung Wah jailed Peter Tsang Chi-ming for two years after the defendant admitted deception charges. Tsang, 45, the former chief clerk of Clarke & Liu, also forged the signature of the High Court Registrar, the seal of the court and the date on a false interim judgment. The judge said the case was a serious breach of trust which had made a 'complete mockery of our legal system'. The offences took place between February 1997 and June last year. Defence barrister Freddy Woon said Tsang was driven to crime because he owed money. The prosecution said Tsang told mainland businessman Ng Shi-man that he was a solicitor when they met at the law firm on December 20, 1996. Tsang charged Mr Ng $20,000 to initiate civil proceedings against another company, and a further $30,000 for alleged court and translation fees. The matter came to light when the victim went to court for a hearing but discovered there was no such action.