Legal Trivia Quiz #37

This month’s questions focus on legal vacations and holidays.

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 is not a court vacation provided for in the High Court Ordinance?

A. Summer
B. Christmas
C. Easter
D. Winter

2. How many official general holidays are there in Hong Kong?

A. 10
B. 13
C. 17
D. 19

3. True or False: One of the official general holidays in Hong Kong always falls on a Saturday?

A. True
B. False

4. If a court document (other than a writ or other originating process) is served on a general holiday, when is the document deemed to have been served?

A. On that day.
B. On the following day.
C. On the next working day.
D. On the next working day between Monday and Friday.

5. Which year was the final year in which the Queen’s birthday was a general holiday in Hong Kong?

A. 1996
B. 1997
C. 1998
D. It was never a holiday.

6. What year was Labour Day (1 May) first celebrated as a general holiday in Hong Kong?

A. 1949
B. 1997
C. 1998
D. 1999

7. May a writ be served in Hong Kong on Christmas Day without leave of the court?

A. Yes.
B. No.
C. Yes, but not if Christmas falls on a Sunday.

8. How many additional general holidays were there in Hong Kong in 1997 following the Handover?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
E. 5

9. Which of the following is not vacation business in the Court of First Instance?

A. Application for summary judgment.
B. Application for an injunction.
C. Application to strike out pleadings.
D. Interpleader.

10. What year did the judiciary introduce the final phase of the five-day work week?

A. 1984
B. 1997
C. 2010
D. 2017

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #36

  1. C. The Hello Kitty murder case was given its name because parts of the victim’s body were found in a Hello Kitty doll.
  2. A. Nancy Kissel drugged her husband with a strawberry milkshake.
  3. B. Jutting graduated from Cambridge University.
  4. A. Edith Carew poisoned her husband Walter with arsenic.
  5. C. The jars murderer kept part of his victims’ bodies in various containers.
  6. C. Johnson Lam was a junior counsel for the defence in the Braemar Hill murder case.
  7. B. Atma Singh survived his hanging when the rope broke. His neck was stretched by 6 cm.
  8. C. The badly decomposed body of a Cathay pacific stewardess was found in the bath.
  9. B. Big Spender was prosecuted in the Mainland of China for the kidnappings. He was convicted and executed.
  10. B. Katherine Hadley had been prosecuted and acquitted of murder in 1930 in Tianjin. She had been investigated once before for murder but not prosecuted.

We would like to congratulate Ada Chan, Group Legal Counsel, Shun Hing Electronic Trading Co. Ltd., the winner of our Legal Quiz #36.



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