Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #18

To mark the move of the Court of Final Appeal to its new home in the old Supreme Court Building, this month’s quiz focuses on the old building. 

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

1. What is the street address of the Court of Final Appeal?

A. 8 Chater Road
B. 2 Bank Street
C. 1 Statue Square
D. 8 Jackson Road

2. True or False: Prior to the construction of the MTR, there was a tunnel under Chater Road connecting the Supreme Court and the Hong Kong Club.

A. True
B. False

3. Where were the prisoners’ cells located in the old Supreme Court Building?

A. In the Basement
B. On the Ground Floor
C. On the First floor just behind the dock

4. What was located immediately east of the Supreme Court where Chater Garden is now located?

A. A military parade ground
B. A cricket ground
C. The Hong Kong Club

5. In what year was the exterior of the Supreme Court Building declared a monument?

A. 1937
B. 1958
C. 1984
D. 1997

6. What is the total floor area of the Court of Final Appeal Building?

A. 70m x 38m
B. 100m x 50m
C. 52m x 25m

7. The Supreme Court Building was designed by which two of the following gentlemen:

A. Aston Webb
B. Edwin Luytens
C. E. Ingress Bell
D. Charles St George Cleverly
E. William Salway

8. The Supreme Court Building was built out of which material?

A. Limestone
B. Concrete
C. Granite
D. Shale

9. At its peak, how many statues were located in Statue Square in front of the Supreme Court Building?

A. Only 1 – Queen Victoria’s statue
B. 9
C. 5
D. 7

10. What year did LegCo first sit in the old Supreme Court Building?

A. 1978
B. 1981
C. 1984
D. 1985


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We would like to congratulate Stefy Tong, Associate, Deacons, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #17.


1. D. “Dieu et Mon Droit” means “God and My Right”.
2. C. The old Supreme Court Building bears the date A.D. MDCCCX.
3. B. The date 1914 appears on the old Central Magistracy Building.
4. D. The old Central Magistracy ceased to be used as a court house in 1979.
5. A. True. Edith Carew was imprisoned in Victoria Prison for a short period before being transferred to Britain.
6. A. No Canadian judge has been appointed to the Court of Final Appeal.
7. A. Henry Litton was rescued after being trapped for almost 23 hours following the Po Shan Road landslide.
8. B. Kemal Bokhary prepared the official report into the Lan Kwai Fong disaster.
9. A. Sir Francis Piggott was adjudged bankrupt in 1922.
10. B. William Rees-Davies held that legal for besieging forces to refuse to allow non-combatants to leave a besieged town in the Paklat [1915] HKLR 19. The besieged town in question for Qingdao, then a German colony. Japanese and British army and nave forces had besieged it at the start of WWI.


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