Admiralty law (usually referred to as simply admiralty and also referred to as maritime law) is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. Under conventions of international law, the flag flown by a ship generally determines the source of law to be applied in admiralty cases, regardless of which court has personal jurisdiction over the parties.
In the United States, admiralty is under the jurisdiction of the federal courts. However, admiralty courts in the United States are courts of limited jurisdiction, so state courts have concurrent jurisdiction in admiralty when state law claims are at issue. Moreover, state courts may have jurisdiction in admiralty when the matters being adjudicated are local in nature.
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Maritime or marine law involves complicated, unique laws that the average land-based or automobile accident lawyer is neither familiar with nor encounters on a regular basis.
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