Children involved in the court system must be dealt with quickly and with extreme care, a child rights activist said yesterday. Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai, director of Against Child Abuse, said it was essential for a child's welfare that any allegations made by them or against them were cleared up as soon as possible. 'Prolonging the process by a year is unacceptable,' Mrs Lui said. 'It is most important that such cases, particularly involving children of such tender years, and in such complex situations, are dealt with quickly. For a five-year-old, as in the case that ended yesterday, a year was filled with a myriad different experiences and competing memories. 'For such a young child, memories would have changed or faded within that time. Such a delay only prolongs this very painful process,' she said.