Legal Trivia Quiz #34

This month’s questions focus on Hong Kong’s constitutional and electoral arrangements.

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

1. The Election Committee that elects the Chief Executive has how many members?

A. 10
B. 800
C. 1,200
D. 20,000

2. Under the Basic Law, what is the minimum number of years a non-Chinese national who was not born in Hong Kong must be a resident in Hong Kong to obtain permanent residence?

A. 5 years
B. 7 years
C. 10 years

3. Which of the following groups of people are not eligible to register as electors in Hong Kong?

A. Prisoners
B. Members of any armed force
C. Judges

4. What is the minimum age requirement for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong?

A. 20
B. 30
C. 40
D. 50

5. What is the maximum percentage of the membership of LegCo that can be non-Chinese nationals?

A. 0%
B. 20%
C. 50%
D. There is no nationality requirement

6. What is the maximum percentage of Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal who may be non-Chinese nationals?

A. 0%
B. 25%
C. 50%
D. 75%
E. 100%

7. Is the exercise of freedom of expression a legal defence to a charge of desecrating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s flag?

A. Yes
B. No

8. Who bears the cost of stationing the PLA Garrision in Hong Kong?

A. The Guangdong Provincial Government
B. The Chinese Central Government
C. The Hong Kong Government
D. The Central and Hong Kong Governments share the cost

9. Is the Hong Kong government able to impose foreign exchange controls in Hong Kong?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Yes, but only in emergencies

10. Is it possible to enforce an arbitration award made in Hong Kong in the Mainland of China under the New York Convention?

A. Yes
B. No

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #33

  1. C. Atholl MacGregor was buried at sea.
  2. B. Fanny, the wife of Attorney General William Meigh Goodman is buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.
  3. C. The Standing Committee of the NPC has interpreted the Basic Law five times.
  4. A. True. Former High Court Judge Miles Jackson-Lipkin was convicted of fraud in 2007.
  5. B. The minimum number of Judges that may hear a case in the Court of Final Appeal is four, but only if there were five judges present when the hearing commenced (see s. 16(7), Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance).
  6. C. No judge holds a casting vote in the CFA (see s. 16(6) of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance).
  7. D. A member of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army or a police or revenue officer on duty may carry a firearm on the Star Ferry. (Star Ferry Company By-Laws, By-law 13).
  8. A. The maximum financial claim in the Small Claims Tribunal is HK$50,000.
  9. B. A swimming pool open to the public must be emptied and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year (see s. 11 Swimming Pool Regulations).
  10. B. & C. Solicitors and Notaries Public may be registered as civil celebrants in Hong Kong.


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