n Transactions of the Centre for Business Law - Maritime liens and the early American Admiralty Court : an historical conspectus

Volume 2011, Issue 47
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American admiralty courts had their origin in the English courts, and the development of maritime law in America was patterned largely on the admiralty law of England. Since 1680, there have been admiralty courts in the seaport cities of the British colonies in North America. Colonial Vice-Admiralty courts were appointed by the British in places such as Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York. Although these courts were subjected to the same restrictions as the English Admiralty as mentioned before, these vice-admiralty courts appeared to have "exercised a somewhat broader jurisdiction than the jealousy of the common law courts permitted to the English admiralty courts."

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