LEGISLATORS should put aside their dissatisfaction with the composition of the Court of Final Appeal and set it up before 1997, Deputy Solicitor-General Bob Allcock said yesterday. The bill needed to be passed by the end of the present Legislative Council session to get the court in place a year before 1997. 'If the court is not established until after the transfer, a legal vacuum will occur, both before and after that date,' he said. The court will replace the Privy Council as the final avenue of appeal. Mr Allcock said the Joint Liaison Group agreement on the court fully complied with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. His comments came ahead of Legco consideration of the bill early next year. Drafts of the controversial bill have been passed to China. The bill has been withheld from Legco since late 1991 after it rejected the JLG agreement to fix the proportion of local and overseas judges at four to one. Legislators and the legal profession said the agreement breached the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, which promises the court flexibility in recruiting overseas judges. The vice-chairman of the Bar Association, Gladys Li QC, said very few cases went to the Privy Council and it would be unlikely that many cases would be put to the court immediately after the sovereignty change. Ms Li said the Bar Association remained firm that the JLG agreement violated the Joint Declaration. Former Basic Law drafter Maria Tam Wai-chu warned that if a court not approved by China was set up, it could be disbanded just as the legislature would be. 'I hope you can see the parallel,' she said.