YOUNG people are not confident of having a just judicial system after 1997, and have negative perceptions of judges and lawyers, a survey has found. It also found that almost half the respondents believed that wealthy offenders were more likely to be cleared of crimes than those without access to money. Some of these fears over the future of Hong Kong's legal system were echoed yesterday by the Hong Kong Bar Association chairman. Jacqueline Leong Bing-lin said most lawyers were deeply concerned for the separation of powers when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. ''In China, the courts, the police and the Government are all one and the same in terms of how the system is run . . . there is no separation or independence, and believe me, lawyers are probably the most worried of all,'' Ms Leong said. Commissioned by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), the survey polled 564 people between 15 and 29. It was part of a series of studies of young people in Hong Kong. Almost 35 per cent of respondents said they did not believe that lawyers in Hong Kong were impartial, while a similar proportion thought that judges in Hong Kong would take bribes. Ms Leong said the issue of bribery was something that concerned many Hong Kong people looking towards 1997 because of the widespread corruption in many facets of life in China. Both the HKFYG and Ms Leong called for improved education in the law in an effort to dispel misconceptions.