Legal Trivia Quiz #27

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. At the end of 2014 how many licensed rickshaws were there in Hong Kong?

A. None
B. 3
C. 10
D. 27

2. What is the national language of Singapore?

A. Malay
B. English
C. Mandarin
D. Tamil

3. Which court was the immediate appellate court for the British Court for Siam?

A. The Supreme Court of Hong Kong
B. The British Supreme Court for China
C. The Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements
D. The Privy Council

4. Which of the following judges who sat on the Hong Kong Full Court had previously sat on the Siamese Court of Appeal?

A. Sir Havilland de Sausmarez
B. Sir Peter Grain
C. Sir Skinner Turner
D. Sir Allan Mossop

5. In Hong Kong, is an allegation that the judge is ugly a ground to recuse that judge?

A. Yes
B. No.
C. It depends

6. When was corporal punishment of offenders as a judicial penalty abolished in Hong Kong?

A. 1973
B. 1990
C. 1997
D. 2005

7. How was corporal punishment of offenders as a judicial penalty carried out in Hong Kong in the 1960s?

A. Cat o’nine tales
B. Caning
C. A single whip
D. The cangue

8. Which of the following British judges who served in China or Hong Kong published a number of books on Japanese culture?

A. Nicholas Hannen
B. Hiram Shaw Wilkinson
C. Francis Piggott
D. Atholl MacGregor

9. Which of the following treaties is not in force in Hong Kong

A. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951
B. Universal Copyright Convention, 1952
C. International Convention for the Suppression of White Slave Traffic, 1949
D. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 1984

10. Which member of the Hong Kong legal community won a medal in the 1976 world rowing lightweight championship?

A. Graeme Hall
B. Henry Wheare
C. Thomas Cook
D. Bruce Stone

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We would like to congratulate Ronald Wan, Assistant Solicitor, Ince & Co, the winner of our Legal Quiz #26.

Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz # 26

1. A. It is not legal for a person riding a bicycle on a road to carry another person on the bicycle. (Reg. 51(3) Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations).
2. B. Ng Choy (aka Wu Tingfang) sat as acting police magistrate in 1880.
3. B. Herbert W. Looker was the name partner of Deacon, Looker and Deacon.
4. B. Percy Chen was the son of Eugene Chen, Chinese Foreign Minister from 1925 to 1927.
5. C. 2. Mark Strachan and Charles Manzoni are Queen’s Counsel in England.
6. A. True: Simon Tam SC started his career as a prison officer.
7. B. One Court First Instance judge is a former partner of a solicitors’ firm. Mimmie Chan J was formerly a partner with Allen & Overy.
8. C. Norwood Allman was interned in Stanley Internment Camp. He was repatriated with other Americans in June 1942.
9. A. The United States Court for China was headquartered in Shanghai.
10. A. Spanish is the language used in the state courts in Puerto Rico. (English is an official language of Puerto Rico, but the state courts use Spanish). 


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