Admiralty Court System

Admiralty court of the Queens bench division of the High Court.

Puisne Judges – High Court Judges nominated by the Lord Chancellor that are not senior Judges. (Pronounced Pune)

Admiralty Marshall – performs arrest, appraisement, and sale of ship or company in an in rem claim [power of a court over an item of real or personal property rather than against a person]

Admiralty Registrar – Carries out functions of the Queens Bench Master.

Nautical Assessors – Elder Brethren of Trinity House – Gives opinion about Seamanship issues.

Nautical Assessors – professional experts called by either party to support their argument.

Reference – Modern Admiralty Law; Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard

Summmary Conviction – This is used when a lesser charge is made. A person charged with a summary conviction offence does not have to appear in court. A lawyer or an agent may appear in court on that person’s behalf.

An example of a Summary Conviction would be if an entry in an official log book was obliterated s77 MSAct

A more serious offence would be s98 MSAct (Amended by Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Act) of causing a vessel to be Dangerously Unsafe [Overloaded, No fuel, unsuitable machinery or danger to human life] This would carry £50,000 fine or 2yrs imprisonment