ADMIRALTY - Black's Law Dictionary

What is ADMIRALTY? Definition of ADMIRALTY in Black's Law Dictionary

A court which has a very exten- sive jurisdiction of maritime causes, civil and criminal, controversies arising out of acts done upon or relating to the sea, and questions of prize.

It is properly the successor of the consular courts, which were emphatically the courts of merchants and sea-going persons, established in the principal maritime cities on the revival of commerce after the fall of the Western Empire, to supply the want of tribunals that might decide causes arising out of maritime commerce.

Also, the system of jurisprudence relating to and growing out of the jurisdiction and practice of the admiralty courts.

American Law
A tribunal exercising jurisdiction over all mari- time contracts, torts, injuries, or offenses. Pan- ama R. Co. v. Johnson, 44 S.Ct. 391, 264 U.S. 375, 68 L.Ed. 748.

"Admiralty" does not extend to all navigable waters, but is limited to the ocean, navigable rivers running into the ocean, and the Great Lakes and their connections. The Frank G. Fobert, D.C.N.Y., 32 F.Supp. 214, 216.

The jurisdiction of the admiral, and the administration of the admiralty law proper—the local maritime law—as it became a judicial function, has passed into the hands of the courts. Renew v. U. S., D.C.Ga., 1 F.Supp. 256, 259.

English Law
The court of the admiral, perhaps erected by Edward III, 3 Bla.Comm. 69, or as early , as the time of Henry I. The building where the lords of the admiralty transact business.

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