Legal Practice: Maritime Proceedings at the Urban Courts

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: Maritime Proceedings at the Urban Courts

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The aim of this final chapter is two-fold. Firstly, the decisions of the urban courts of Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Danzig and Reval in maritime matters are compared to the written regulations to gain additional insights into the question whether the written laws were utilised in the passing of judgement at the courts. It is concluded that the written laws were only utilised when any recent law compilations were available to the courts. Most of the time, the judges or juries used their common sense. Secondly, the verdicts in cases of shipwreck, jettison and ship collision are compared in order to establish whether a common practice of maritime law existed among the northern European towns. As in previous chapters, this commonality appears not to have existed.

Keywords: urban courts; Aberdeen; Kampen; Lübeck; Reval; Danzig; shipwreck; jettison; ship collision

Chapter.  17309 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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