Legal Trivia Quiz #35

This month we return to some Hong Kong legal history and trivia.

The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.

1. In what year did the Hong Kong Full Court first sit?

A. 1898
B. 1900
C. 1913
D. 1921

2. Which Hong Kong court still has the British Coat of Arms on display on its exterior?

A. Fanling Magistracy
B. The District Court
C. The High Court
D. The Court of Final Appeal

3. In what year was the first puisne judge appointed in Hong Kong?

A. 1844
B. 1856
C. 1865
D. 1878

4. Which Governor of Hong Kong at one time served as the Chief Magistrate in Hong Kong?

A. Alexander Grantham
B. Chris Patten
C. Henry Pottinger

5. In 1891, how many Chinese solicitors were practising in Hong Kong?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 5
D. 15

6. Which judge of the Court of Final Appeal was born in Shanghai?

A. Geoffrey Ma
B. Joseph Fok
C. Robert Tang
D. Henry Litton

7. Who was the first local Hong Kong barrister to be appointed directly to the High Court?

A. Archie Zimmern
B. Miles Jackson-Lipkin
C. Kemal Bokhary

8. (True or False) The Supreme Court (now the High Court) previously sat for a time in the Sun Hung Kai Centre.

A. True
B. False

9. Aston and Bell, the architects of the current Court of Final Appeal Building (formerly the Supreme Court Building) also designed which of the following structures?

A. The façade of Buckingham Palace
B. The original Hong Kong Club building
C. The Victoria and Albert Museum
D. Flagstaff House

10. When was the first Patents Ordinance enacted in Hong Kong?

A. 1844
B. 1862
C. 1912
D. 1955

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #34

  1. C. The Election committee is made up of 1,200 members. (Schedule 1, Part 2 of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance).
  2. B. A non-Chinese national who was not born in Hong Kong must be a resident in Hong Kong for seven years to be eligible to become a permanent resident. (Art. 24(4) of the Basic Law).
  3. B. Members of any armed force are not eligible to be registered as electors in Hong Kong. (s. 31 Legislative Council Ordinance)
  4. C. The minimum age requirement for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong is 40 years. (Art. 44 of the Basic Law)
  5. B. A maximum of 20% of LegCo members may be non-Chinese nationals. (Art. 67 of the Basic Law)
  6. D. 75%. The Chief Justice must be a Chinese national. The other three Permanent Judges are not required to be. (Art. 90(1) of the Basic Law)
  7. B. Freedom of Expression is not a defence to a charge of desecrating the Hong Kong flag. (See HKSAR v Ng Kung Siu (1999) 3 HKLRD 907).
  8. B. Under Art. 4 of the Garrison Law, the expenditure stationing the PLA garrison in Hong Kong is borne by the Chinese Central Government.
  9. B. Under Art. 112 of the Basic Law, the HK government is prohibited from imposing foreign exchange controls.
  10. B. Hong Kong is part of China, so even though they are both members of the New York Convention, it is not possible to enforce an arbitration award between HK and China under the New York Convention. However, there is a special arrangement to facilitate doing so.


Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice