Legal Trivia #53

For this month’s quiz, readers are tested on their knowledge of some well-known phrases and expressions from cases, constitutions and other legal texts.

1. Which word completes the following quote?

“Throughout the web of the English Criminal Law one golden ________ is always to be seen that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt”

A. rule

B. thread

C. standard

D. strand


2. Sir William Gladestone famously said:

“It is better that ____ guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.”

A. one

B. ten

C. one hundred

D. one thousand


3. Bokhary PJ in a decision in relation to ecstacy described the drug in the following terms.

“Ecstasy is, it would seem, favoured by young people given to ___________ activities.”

A. corybantic

B. sexual

C. criminal

D. physical


4. Complete the following legal maxim:

“He who comes to equity must come with _________ hands? “

A. clean

B. soft

C. fair

D. white


5. In England, the hypothetical ordinary and reasonable person was often referred to as :

“the man on the __________ omnibus”

A. Mayfair

B. Hampstead

C. Brixton

D. Clapham


6. In Hong Kong, one judge has described the man on the aforesaid omnibus as “a man on the ____________ tram”

A. Kennedy Town

B. Happy Valley

C. Shaukiwan

D. North Point


7. The Preamble of which country’s constitution begins with the following paragraph?

“_________ is a country with one of the longest histories in the world. The people of all of ________’s nationalities have jointly created a culture of grandeur and have a glorious revolutionary tradition.”

A. Russia

B. China

C. France

D. Iran


8. Which word completes the following quote from the Hong Kong Basic Law?

“[U]nder the principle of “one country, two systems”, the ___________ system and policies will not be practised in Hong Kong

A. Communist

B. Marxist

C. Socialist

D. Collectivist


9. The second amendment to the US Constitution is one of the most politicised provisions in that document. What word is missing from the following text:

“A well regulated ________, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

A. Army

B. Military

C. Militia

D. Arsenal


10. Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union is in the news with imminent Brexit? What word is missing from the following text of Article 50(1).

“Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own _______________ requirements.”

A. political

B. constitutional

C. democratic

D. financial


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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #52

1. Supreme Court of United Kingdom

2. High Court of Australia

3. Supreme Court of Singapore

4. Supreme Court of Canada

5. Federal Court of Malaysia

6. Supreme Court of the United States

7. Supreme Court of New Zealand

8. International Court of Justice

9. Constitutional Court of South Africa

10. Supreme Court of Cassation, Italy

We would like to congratulate Jeff Wong, Associate, Mayer Brown, the winner of our Legal Quiz #52.