This month, we return to some questions about our courts and some Hong Kong legal trivia.
The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.
1. Jackson Road on which the Court of Final Appeal is formally located is named after?
A. Michael Jackson, the singer
B. Thomas Jackson, General Manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
C. Miles Jackson-Lipkin, former High Court judge
D. Jackson Wong, rapper from Hong Kong
2. Jackson Road is located at which side of the Court of Final Appeal?
A. The main entrance
B. The rear entrance
C. The south side
D. The north side
3. In 1984, when the Joint Declaration, was signed, what percentage of judges of the High Court of the Hong Kong Supreme Court were Chinese?
4. What is the name of the judge who was appointed to the District Court in the 1980s when he had already been invested as a knight?
A. Sir Noel Power
A. Sir Ti-liang Yang
B. Sir Georges Souyave
C. Sir Ivo Rigby
5. Is it legal to serenade your darling on Repulse Bay beach on a moonlit night?
B. Yes, provided you are not annoying anyone (including your darling).
6. Your spouse is returning to Hong Kong from overseas and misses your cat very much. Are you allowed to take the cat to the airport to greet your spouse?
B. Yes, but only in a cage.
7. Your 16 year-old son takes his younger siblings to Ocean Park on a beautiful spring day. Being children, the young-uns run amok. Has your 16 year old committed an offence?
B. Yes, but only if he physically chastises them.
C. No, don’t be ridiculous.
8. (True or false): It is legal to catch whales in Hong Kong waters.
9. Is it legal for a person to climb a tree in a pleasure ground (public park) in Hong Kong?
B. Yes, but only in designated areas.
10. You are trying to give up smoking and decide to try chewing tobacco. Can you legally get any in Hong Kong?
B. Yes, on prescription.
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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #37
- D. There is no winter vacation provided for in the High Court Ordinance (s. 29).
- C. There are 17 official general holidays in Hong Kong.
- A. True. The day following Good Friday is a general holiday. By definition it falls on a Saturday.
- D. Court documents (other than originating process) that are served on a general holiday are deemed served on the next working day between Monday and Friday (Order 65, r. 7).
- B. The last year the Queen’s birthday was a general holiday in Hong Kong was 1997.
- D. Labour Day was first celebrated as a general holiday in Hong Kong in 1999.
- C. A writ may be served in Hong Kong on Christmas Day. It may not be served on a Sunday without leave of the court (Order 65, r. 10).
- E. Five additional general holidays were granted in 1997: July 1 and 2 (for the handover); 18 August (Sino-Japanese War Victory Day) and 1 and 2 October (for National Day).
- C. An application to strike out pleadings is not vacation business.
- D. The judiciary moved to the final phase of a five-day work week on 3 January 2017.
We would like to congratulate Sung Choi Fung, Patrick Mak & Tse, Trainee Solicitor, the winner of our Legal Quiz #37.