Lenoir City, TN asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Tennessee

Q: Why is the court room laid out like a ship? And why does said ship fly a flag that means no nation no constitution?

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A: The layout of admiralty or maritime courtrooms resembling a ship and the flag flown, often known as the "admiralty flag" or "maritime flag," is associated with a legal theory known as admiralty law or maritime law. This theory suggests that these courts operate under a distinct jurisdiction, separate from common law courts, to handle maritime activities and international commerce cases. The courtroom design and flag symbolize this specialized jurisdiction, indicating a connection to admiralty law. While some individuals may interpret the flag as representing no nation or constitution, it is essential to note that these symbols are within the context of admiralty law, and the jurisdiction is recognized within the legal framework for cases involving maritime matters.

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