THE LAW Society may withdraw its support for a draft bill limiting the number of foreign judges permitted in Hong Kong's future Court of Final Appeal after some members said they had not been adequately consulted. The matter will be raised again in an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the solicitors' professional body on December 21. The Law Society council had announced on Tuesday that it supported the Government's draft bill which is based on a Joint Liaison Group accord in 1991. But yesterday, liberal solicitors Daniel Wong Kwok-tung, Bruce Liu Sing-lee and Albert Ho Chun-yan submitted a resolution to Law Society secretary Patrick Moss saying the draft bill was in breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration, and calling for an EGM. The resolution, signed by 91 members, more than satisfies Law Society rules which state that an EGM can be called with the support of just 50 members and that the society's council requires just 14 days' notice. Mr Wong said many other members supported the resolution but there had not been time to collect their signatures. The Society initially objected to the bill, but reversed its public stance after canvassing its solicitor members through a written questionnaire. But the liberal solicitors maintain an EGM should have been called because the matter was so important. Although the lawyers do not have the final say on whether the bill is passed, legislators could be pressured to reject the bill once it is presented to Legco next month if both professional bodies representing lawyers reject it. The Bar Association will be voting on the same topic in barristers' EGM on Thursday. Chairman Ronny Wong Fook-hum urged the barrister members to stand firm by the rule of law in deciding their position on the draft bill. The Bar Council two weeks ago rejected the draft bill as inconsistent with the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration despite British legal advice which argued for the Sino-British deal. Mr Ronny Wong said the British legal advice - a crucial factor the Law Society Council cited in explaining their reversal of stance on Tuesday - was nothing new. 'As barristers, we should not avoid committing ourselves into making a judgment and saying both sets of opinions are equally convincing.' He said the Bar Council was preparing a list of technical amendments to the draft bill. Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang earlier welcomed Tuesday's announcement from the Law Society council that it would support the bill and said she hoped the Bar Association would also accept it. She said that it was in Hong Kong's best interests to have the Court of Final Appeal established no later than mid-1996 and any delay would lead to a legal vacuum which could undermine the stability of society. Mrs Chan reiterated that the Chinese side would support the bill as it was drafted according to the 1991 Sino-British agreement. Liberal Party legislator, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, said the party would listen to the Law Society's view but would not necessarily agree with it.