Hutton, Henry Dix. 'Report on the extension of Admiralty jurisdiction in Ireland to cases of freight and demurrage; prepared for the Council'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. V Part XXXVIII, 1869/1870, pp212-214
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. V Part XXXVIII 1869/1870
While the Court of Admiralty in Ireland has jurisdiction to
proceed against the masters of ships at the suit of the merchants
employing their vessels, it has no correlative power of
entertaining complaints by captains in respect of freight or demurrage.
This state of things causes delay, which involves hardship,
and not unfrequently a practical denial of justice, since the Court
of Admiralty sits all the year round, while the Superior Courts of
Common Law only sit at intervals for the trial of such causes. The
long vacation extends practically over four months, and during that
period no cause can be brought to trial. Even in the other eight
months the remedy is very slow, and may be so dilatory as to be
practically useless. Such cases can only be tried at the sittings of
each term, or at assizes (in March and July). The Consolidated
Nisi Prius Court, which sits during term, has no jurisdiction in such
cases; nor can the Courts of Quarter Sessions in Ireland deal with
them beyond their ordinary jurisdiction of £40.
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