Lawyers yesterday welcomed in general the legal reforms proposed on civil cases but warned justice could be undermined if judges' discretionary powers were widened. Barrister Neville Sarony, SC, a civil litigation specialist, was opposed to judges being handed more power and warned that justice could be compromised if some judges pre-judged cases. He said only a few lawyers charged excessively high litigation fees. Barrister and legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, SC, welcomed the proposals and said judges would be in the best position to cut through procedural arrangements, such as establishing timetables. She also welcomed the proposals to promote cost transparency. The Bar Association and the Law Society said they would study the reports and submit a response to the working party within the consultation period. Allan Leung Chun-yue, chairman of the Law Society's Working Party on Civil Rules and Procedures of the High Court, said their committee supported the proposals in minimising litigation costs. The Consumer Council also welcomed the reform and stressed that access to justice was a basic consumer right.