The Democratic Party will decide early next week whether to postpone a plan to take the Government to court over the scrapping of municipal councils. Vice-chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said the Department of Justice had written to the party about the Democrats' decision to seek a judicial review. The administration rejected the Democrats' request for withdrawal of the Provision of Municipal Services (Reorganisation) Bill, aimed at transferring the councils' work to a new structure. The department argued it would be premature to seek a court decision before the bill was tabled in the Legislative Council on December 1. Although he disagreed with the Government's legal points, Mr Ho said the party would consider whether to wait until the bill was tabled. 'As time is running out and amendments will be made to the bill to push for a merger of the municipal councils, we have to consider whether this is the best timing to take the Government to court,' he said. A decision would be made early next week after legal advice was sought from Philip Dykes SC, he said. Mr Ho, a solicitor, said unnecessary argument would be avoided if the party waited until the bill was tabled. The Democrats had written to the administration last Friday saying they would take the Government to court if the plan to scrap the municipal council on December 31 was not dropped. Action would be taken if the party did not hear from the Government by Wednesday. Provisional Urban Councillor Eric Wong Chung-ki and Provisional Regional Councillor Josephine Chan Shu-ying would apply for the judicial review on behalf of the party. They will also write to Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, asking the Government to waive what are likely to be huge legal costs on the grounds the case is of public interest. Miss Leung refused to say yesterday if the legal costs would be waived before a formal request was received. She pledged any judicial review would be dealt with according to the normal course of law.