Legal History Quiz #24

Having plumbed the depths of Hong Kong (and a bit of Chinese) legal history, the Hong Kong Lawyer’s legal history quiz will now principally focus on common law and Asian jurisdictions.

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



1. Which of the following causes of action has not been abolished in Hong Kong?

A. Seduction
B. Loss of society or service of a wife
C. Breach of promise to marry

2. It is illegal to transport nightsoil in urban areas of Hong Kong except between the hours or midnight and 6am?

A. True
B. False

3. When was outlawry in criminal cases abolished in Hong Kong?

A. 1865
B. 1899
C. 1911
D. 1997

4. Gaelic is an official language of the courts in Northern Ireland.

A. True
B. False

5. The current Chief Justice of America, John Roberts, was formerly a partner of which international law firm?

A. Clifford Chance
B. Norton Rose Fulbright
C. Hogan Lovells
D. White & Case

6. The Passes Ordinance enacted in 1870 required which of the following groups of people to carry a pass while in the City of Victoria between 9 pm and sunrise?

A. All people regardless of race.
B. Chinese.
C. Indians.
D. Enlisted men in the British military.

7. Which Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association had previously been a member of the British House of Commons?

A. Charles Loseby QC
B. Martin Lee QC
C. John McNeill QC
D. Archie Zimmern QC

8. Which Hong Kong Queen’s Counsel arrived in Hong Kong as a British marine with the British forces re-occupying Hong Kong?

A. Charles Loseby QC
B. Leo D’Almada QC
C. John McNeill QC
D. Brook Bernacchi QC

9. Prior to becoming a barrister, Lord Neuberger, the President of the UK Supreme Court (and NPJ of the CFA) worked in what capacity?

A. Solicitor
B. Merchant banker
C. Royal Navy officer
D. Chemist

10. Under the 1898 Convention between Britain and China leasing the New Territories, the landing place near Kowloon City was reserved for what types of Chinese ships?

A. Men-of-war
B. Merchant ships
C. Passenger vessels
D. All of the above

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We would like to congratulate Mark So, Associate, Smyth & Co, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #23.


1. B. The UK Supreme Court is housed in the Middelsex Guildhall.
2. C. There are three legal systems in the UK. England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
3. C. Law and equity were merged in 1875 by the Judicature Acts.
4. A. From the establishment of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong, the court had the power to try law and equity together.
5. B. The Chief Superintendent of Trade (later the Governor) had jurisdiction to try cases.
6. C. Section 3 of the Jury Ordinance provides for panels of 7 or 9 jurors.
7. C. Consensual homosexual relations were decriminalised in Hong Kong in 1991.
8. B. The Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China was enacted in 1984.
9. D. Deng Xiaoping is credited with developing the concept of “One Country Two Systems”.
10. B. False. In Hong Kong, war crimes were tried by British War Crimes Courts. However, the Supreme Court heard one case of treason against a Japanese-Canadian who had served in the Japanese army, Innouye Kanao.


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