A magistrate yesterday told prosecutors it should not have taken them so long to bring Occupy protesters to court, as student leaders from the movement including Joshua Wong Chi-fung appeared before her almost a year after the pro-democracy protests began. Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai was speaking to the prosecutor in charge of the case against student Chui Tsz-chun, one of eight defendants pleading not guilty at Eastern Court to several charges related to events a day before the Occupy protest got into full swing in September. Watch: Occupy Central student leaders including Joshua Wong pleads not guilty to charges The prosecutor said he would like to see the case dealt with soon as it was “straightforward”, to which Chainrai replied: “If it is pretty straightforward, it should not take a year to prosecute.” In court yesterday, former Federation of Students secretary general Alex Chow Yong-kang, 25, faced one count of taking part in an unlawful assembly on September 26 and 27, while his successor, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, 22, faced one charge of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly on those days. Wong, 18, the convenor of student activist group Scholarism, faces both charges over alleged offences on September 26. ress> to several charges related to events a day before the Occupy protest got into full swing in September. Watch: How Hong Kong's Occupy movement began A protest outside government headquarters in Admiralty last September resulted in demonstrators storming the space outside the complex known as “Civic Square”, but the court has not heard whether the charges relate to those events. However, Wong, when asked to make a plea, said: “Citizens have the right to enter Civic Square.” Chainrai replied that the courts were not the place to %express his political views. Wong was represented by Randy Shek, while Alvin Yeung appeared for the other two. Five other protesters – Chau Kwan-ting, 29, Ngan Chin-fung, 24, Wong Ho, 35, Chui, 17, and Scholarism’s Lam Shun-hin, 22 – each face one count of common assault of policemen and security guards outside government headquarters and the Legislative Council on the same two days. The magistrate adjourned the case against Joshua Wong, Chow and Law, which involves 51 witnesses, to October 30 for a pre-trial session. The rest are scheduled to attend their pre-trial session on October 5. Outside the court, supporters unfurled yellow umbrellas and chanted slogans yesterday.