Fort Mill, SC asked in Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime, Constitutional Law and Military Law for South Carolina

Q: Are we in Admiralty law or common law. Cause our flags in our court room are gold fringed meaning Admiralty law

1 Lawyer Answer

Timur Akpinar

Answered
  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

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.

Tim Akpinar

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