Lawmaker-activist 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung has won the first round in a battle over limitations on legislators' ability to debate government bills, with a court fast-tracking a hearing on the matter. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann in the Court of First Instance ruled yesterday that the three-day judicial review should be brought forward from its original date of April 23 next year to November 13. He ruled that the review, sparked by Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai's decision to block some amendments to the covert surveillance bill on grounds they would affect government finances, had potential repercussions for public administration and should be dealt with as soon as possible. The judge accepted that if the hearings were delayed it was unlikely a judgment would be ready by the time the next session of the Legislative Council ended. Such a delay was to be avoided if possible. The secretary for justice, who with Mrs Fan is named as a respondent to the action, protested that a legal team would not be ready until April. But Mr Justice Hartmann ruled that the interest of public administration had to take priority.