Updated at 5.12pm: The Chief Executive Election Ordinance might be amended to provide a legal basis for Hong Kong?s next leader to serve two years instead of five years, media reported on Friday. The government will table an amendment bill in the Legislative Council on April 6, according to a paper submitted to Legco?s House Committee, a local radio station reported. Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie has said the ordinance ? passed in 2001 ? would be amended to reflect the government?s latest views on the relevant Basic Law provisions. Last week, Ms Leung said the government had followed the advice of mainland scholars and decided the new chief executive, to be elected in July, would serve only two years. The government?s change of view on the issue has prompted fears of a constitutional crisis. Pro-democracy legislators have argued that the new leader should serve five years ? as stipulated in the Basic Law. But government and pro-Beijing figures have insisted on a two year term ? the time remaining in former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa?s term before he resigned. The bill for amendment is likely to further complicate and intensify the row over the term of the next chief executive. The Bar Association, which represents more than 830 barristers in the city, has argued that any possible amendment could be challenged in court on the grounds that it contradicts the Basic Law. The association said this would force the National People?s Congress Standing Committee to interpret the Basic Law. In a statement on Friday, the association said: ?The bar is extremely concerned that the Secretary for Justice?s statement may mark the beginning of a movement by the Hong Kong government towards taking views of mainland legal scholars on other issues arising under the Basic Law. The bar is not aware of any consultations the Secretary for Justice held with lawyers, scholars and former drafters of the Basic Law living in Hong Kong.? The Bar Association said any plans to amend the bill would be open to a court challenge. But the association did not say whether it planned a judicial review. Some lawyers close to Beijing have said there was no need for the Hong Kong government to amend the law to provide for a two-year term. This was a matter for the central government, they said.