The police have postponed a disciplinary hearing for a senior woman officer who contravened an order to remove coloured highlights from her hair after she sought a judicial review into the matter. Mongkok Detective Senior Inspector Sharon Lim Shiow-hwa is seeking a court order to have an independent tribunal appointed by the Chief Secretary to hear disciplinary charges against her, instead of a one-man internal police hearing. The disciplinary hearing would be the first for such a breach of rules since the force's internal orders were revised in January last year, requiring officers to keep hair both neat and in its natural colour. A police spokesman said yesterday that Inspector Lim's disciplinary hearing, which had been scheduled to start late last week, had been postponed to November 7, two days after the court decides whether to grant leave to her application on November 5. Inspector Lim has said she found herself in an 'awkward position' because she had highlights put in her hair before she joined the police in 1987. The force did not introduced the hair colour requirement until January last year. Inspector Lim is also seeking a court declaration that a rule on hair colour in the police's general orders is 'unreasonable, irrational and unenforceable'.