Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #17

Test your Hong Kong legal history knowledge!  The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister.  Suggestions for quiz questions to appear in next month's journal are most welcome.


1. The British Coat of Arms which was affixed to the walls of all courts prior to 1997 bore the French expression “Dieu et Mon Droit”. What does this mean?

A. God is My Law
B. God and My Law
C. God is My Right
D. God and My Right

2. The old Supreme Court building bears a date stating when it was erected. What is that date?


3. What date appears on the old Central Magistracy Building on Arbuthnot Street?

A. 1910
B. 1914
C. 1918
D. 1922

4. When did the old Central Magistracy cease to be used as a court house?

A. 1953
B. 1965
C. 1975
D. 1979

5. Edith Carew, who was convicted of murdering her husband, Walter Carew, by the British Court for Japan in Yokohama in 1897 was imprisoned for a time in Victoria Prison in Hong Kong.

A. True
B. False

6. How many judges of the Court of Final Appeal (Permanent or Non-Permanent) have been from Canada?

A. None
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3

7. Which former judge of the Court of Final Appeal was rescued during the Po Shan Road landslide in 1972?

A. Henry Litton
B. Charles Ching
C. Kemal Bokhary
D. Patrick Chan

8. Which High Court Judge prepared a report on the Lan Kwai Fong Disaster?

A. Anthony Rogers
B. Kemal Bokhary
C. Noel Power
D. K.H. Woo

9. Which former Chief Justice of Hong Kong was adjudged bankrupt in 1922?

A. Sir Francis Piggott
B. Sir William Rees-Davies
C. Sir W. Meigh Goodman

10. Which Hong Kong judge ruled that it was legal for a besieging army or navy to refuse to allow non-combatants (including women and children) to leave a besieged town because this would put pressure on the authorities to surrender?

A. Henry Gompertz
B. William Rees-Davies
C. Atholl MacGregor
D. Francis Piggott

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Answers to Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #16

1. B.  The British Court for China was established in the Canton factory in the 1830s.  

2. C. Charles David Wilkinson, who came to Hong Kong in 1886 was the name partner of Wilkinson & Grist. 

3. A. True. Barristers could act as solicitors (and form partnerships) and solicitors act as barristers before all British extraterritorial courts in China and Japan. 

4. A. The Bank of East Asia fought a case in the British Supreme Court for China over whether it was British. It won. 

5. B. Julian Pauncefote, at the time with the Foreign Office in London, wrote of the jealous protection of the judiciary in the Far East in 1878. 

6. C. Rennie’s Mill is named after Alfred Herbert Rennie. 

7. B. False. Fessenden Road is name after Reginald Fessenden, a pioneer in radio experiments. 

8. B. JSM Shanghai’s telegraphic code was Retsam Shanghai. 

9. C. All pending cases before the British Supreme Court for China or British consular courts were transferred to Chinese courts. 

10. A. & B. The United States Court for China had jurisdiction of American nationals in China from 1906 to 1943 and Korea from 1906 to 1910.


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