Legal Practice: the Administration of Maritime Justice

Edda Frankot

in 'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646241
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676712 | DOI:
Legal Practice: the Administration of Maritime Justice

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This chapter discusses a number of issues concerning the administration of maritime justice. Firstly, it investigates who administered justice in the towns of Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Danzig and Reval, but also which court was competent and which law applied when parties of different ‘nationalities’ were involved in a single case. This was a regular occurrence, but it will be argued here that it rarely caused any problems and did not result in the coming into being of supra-national laws or courts. Secondly, the chapter considers in more detail the courts of Lübeck and Danzig, which functioned as a court of appeal for Reval and as a central maritime court for Prussia and Poland respectively. Finally, direct evidence for the use of the written laws in each of the urban courts is analysed and compared in order to establish whether the available manuscripts were actually used in court proceedings.

Keywords: maritime justice; Aberdeen; Kampen; Lübeck; Danzig; Reval; urban courts; court proceedings

Chapter.  11320 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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