Legislators blocked a proposed increase in a judicial fee but approved others they said were not related to people's livelihood. Lawmakers voted to freeze the fee on filing an appeal against estate agents in the District Court as they said they opposed any rise in judicial charges. Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), claimed that an increase would hamper the protection of the clients of estate agents. 'We don't understand why we need to pay so much for filing a notice of appeal,' he said. 'We hope the administration will review fees and charges in the Judiciary as soon as possible.' But most legislators rejected five other motions put forward by Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun and unionist Lau Chin-shek to block fee rises in plant importation and pest control, for dairy licences, animal pound fees, rabies vaccinations and veterinarian surgeon registration. A fee rise of between 10 and 20 per cent on the items will be effective from February 23. Mr Lau had said the administration 'should continue the moratorium on all fees and charges of the Government and public bodies until the public has recovered from the economic downturn'. But Secretary for Treasury Denise Yue Chung-yee said the impact of the fee increases on people's livelihood was negligible. The Democratic Party and the DAB supported the administration, while the Liberal Party continued to oppose all increases.