MR Patten's attendance at a ground-breaking ceremony for a Land Development Corporation (LDC) project last month showed disrespect for the legal system, independent legislator Chim Pui-chung claimed. He said the LDC faced lawsuits over compensation from owners of properties in Jubilee Street, Central, where the project is being built. Mr Chim, whose firm has a stake in some property in the street, asked: ''At the time when the courts were yet to pass their verdict and compensation was yet to be settled, the Governor attended the ceremony, wasn't it an act of contempt to the courts in Hong Kong and Britain?'' He was interrupted by Legco chairman John Swaine, who referred to a Standing Order that reference should not be made to cases pending in the courts. But Mr Chim continued: ''Mr President, I accept your verdict and advice, but if I am wrong, the Governor was wrong before me. ''I challenge the administration once again over this development item. If it is non-profit making, then I am willing that my company just get 70 per cent of the market price.'' He was stopped again by Mr Swaine, who said: ''You are out of order.'' After a few seconds of silence, Mr Chim concluded: ''I have declared my interests . . . Anyway I hope that for this development item, you can send a clear message to the administration . . .'