Q: Are we in Admiralty law or common law. Cause our flags in our court room are gold fringed meaning Admiralty law
A: Courts today can apply elements of both types of law. It will come down to a matter of the type of case the court has subject matter jurisdiction over, so that if a federal district court is deemed to have admiralty jurisdiction over a matter, it will apply maritime law and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. However, our legal system does also embody common law, the notion of applying precedents established from earlier court decisions.
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