Virginia Maritime Law

Admiralty, or maritime law, is the law of navigation, boating, shipping and covers land as well as marine waters. The laws, rules, and legal procedures relate to the use of marine resources, ocean commerce, and navigation. The history of maritime law dates back as far as 900 B.C. In earlier years, Maritime codes began to emerge in port cities and states throughout Europe; The Mariners and Merchants ultimately were responsible for the development of maritime laws. The early codes and customary practices developed by the Mariners and Merchants make up a large portion of the current U. S. maritime law. The contracts, torts, offenses, injuries etc. which result in sea navigation, boating, shipping or commerce make up Maritime law.

Clarke, Dolph, Rapaport, Hardy & Hull, P.L.C

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