Three didn't show up in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts in person for today's hearing, including former lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, activist Owen Chow Ka-shing and former district councilor Lee Yue-shun. Lawyers representing them attended the hearing instead.

It was understood that Chow was absent from the hearing as he was infected with Covid-19.

The case is handled by principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen, who is also a designated national security judge.

Law adjourned the case to June 1 and 2 for the sixth hearing to prepare for procedures of referring the case to the High Court.

This came after High Court judge Esther Toh Lye-ping on Tuesday rejected the bail application of Gary Fan Kwok-wai, and expressed concerns on the “long delay in the proceeding being brought to trial.”

Toh also wrote in her judgment that “11 defendants had indicated their intention to plead guilty” and called for speedy referral from lower courts.

The 47 defendants were arrested on January 6, 2021 and 32 of them have been remanded in custody for more than a year. Police laid the subversion charge against them on February 28 last year.

Only 13 defendants have been released on bail. They are Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying, Lawrence Lau Wai-chung, Hendick Lui Chi-hang, Mike Lam King-nam, Wong Pik-wan, Cheng Tat-hung, Michael Pang Cheuk-kei, Ricky Or Yiu-lam, Ho Kai-ming, Sze Tak-loy, Lee, Prince Wong Ji-yuet, and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen.