The Admiralty Jurisdiction of the Court of Requests
In John Witte, Jr., Sara McDougall, Anna di Robilant, eds., Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue 349 (Robbins Collection 2016)
18 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 30, 2016
During the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the English Court of Requests played a substantial role within the sphere of the parallel and competing jurisdictions of the Westminster courts. It served as a jack-of-all-trades court, a court of last resort, and a quasi-appellate forum in which a certain subset of litigants could have their cases heard or reheard in what they apparently considered to be a more favorable venue. Admiralty disputes made up a small but not insignificant part of the Court’s docket from the beginning. This chapter details the types of admiralty disputes heard in Requests and the various ways litigants used the Court.
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