Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie yesterday denied having pressed the Legal Aid Department to drop its planned judicial review against the police for trying to raid its offices. 'It's not about which side won or lost, and it didn't involve exerting pressure on the Legal Aid Department,' Miss Leung said. Commenting on the case for the first time since the Legal Aid Department dropped the planned legal challenge on Thursday, she said the issue was solved between the heads of the Legal Aid and Justice departments. 'In my department, I'm the department head, while the director of legal aid is the head of his department,' she said when responding to a query on whether she had exerted pressure on the department. Miss Leung said the officials had agreed to the discussions to try to save the court's time and money, which was in line with public expectations. A row between the two government departments erupted in May after police obtained search warrants on the Legal Aid Department to seek documents relating to a convicted rapist's trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice. They were the first attempted raids on the office. Detectives were turned away from the department's Admiralty offices twice after lengthy talks on lawyer-client confidentiality, which involved the Department of Justice. 'This case involved two government departments, if you see the end result, it doesn't mean that the Legal Aid Department has surrendered. Both sides have stuck to their principles,' Miss Leung said. While the police needed evidence to carrying out law-enforcement duties, she said the Legal Aid Department had an obligation to protect legal-aid clients. Miss Leung said police would withdraw the search warrant and instead apply for a witness summons, which would require the legal aid officer to give evidence and produce documents at a criminal trial.