Traditional chinese customary law is still applicable in hong kong in relation to land located in the new territories as well as to family matters and succession leading to many interesting questions sometimes with rather wide ranging practical implications. Development of chinese customary law in hong kong from a historical perspective in the context of political and social developments in southern china it established the general framework for other seminars on chinese customary law in hongkongs new territories some legal premises edwin haydon last year 1961 editor the legislation regulating the new territories of hong kong was amended1 and . One uniquely chinese customary phenomena of a form of collective land ownership known as tsos and tongs in hong kong emanated from the era of the ming and qing dynasties in china 3 according to goo there are nearly 4000 tsos and more than 2000 tongs in the hong kong totally about 6000 acres of land 4 the courts have for decades been the ultimate adjudicator for disputes concerning tsos and tongs5 in a case involving a tso the then deputy high court judge tang said. In the same vein in 1910 the colonial government implemented the new territories ordinance which allowed chinese lineages in the new territories to register their collectively owned ancestral land in other words the colonial government preserved chinese lineages in the new territories in a reversal of the one plot one owner policy. Chinese customary law in the new territories of hong kong dec 19 2020 posted by c s lewis media publishing text id c57451f2 online pdf ebook epub library october 1948 the governor of hong kong appointed a committee to consider the position of chinese law and custom in that colony the report of this committee which was
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