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Report by the Commissioners of the Admiralty concerning the establishment of Admiralty Courts in America [Extracts]
Great Britain. Admiralty
April 30, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 459-460

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[B. P. R. O. A. & W. I. Vol. 270.]

Admiralty Office 30th April 1767.
Account of the Establishment of the Admiralty Courts in His Majesty's several Colonies of North America.
[Extracts.]
OFFICERS NAMES.
EMPLOYMts & AT WHAT PLACE.
Earl of Northumberland
Vice Adm1
Of all America.
Dr Wm Spry
Judge
Honble Spr Perceval
Register
Chas. Howard
Marshal
Wm Tryon Esqre
Vice Adm1
Of North Carolina
Wm Faris Esqre
Judge
Robt Jones Esqre
Advocate

A Plan of Districts proper to be allotted to Courts of Vice Admiralty to be appointed in America

The Court of Vice Admiralty to be established at Boston to have original jurisdiction in all causes arising within the Limits of the following colonies and within three Leagues of the Shores thereof: Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut.

The said Court to have also Original Jurisdiction in all causes arising from the capture of Ships to the Northward of Latitude 40° 30′ North or of Ships whose Port of Destination shall be within either of the said Colonies.

The said Court to have also Jurisdiction in Appeals from the Courts of Vice Admiralty established, or to be established within either of the said Colonies.

The Court of Vice Admiralty to be established at Philadelphia to have Original Jurisdiction in all causes arising within the Limits of the following Colonies and within three leagues of the Shores thereof: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Lower Counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia.

The said Court to have also Original Jurisdiction in all causes arising from the capture of ships between the Latitudes of 41° and 36° 15′ North or of Ships whose Port of Destination shall be within either of the said Colonies.

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The said Court to have also Jurisdiction in Appeals from the Courts of Vice Admiralty established or to be established within either of the said Colonies.

The Court of Vice Admiralty to be established at Charles Town to have original Jurisdiction in all causes arising within the following Colonies and within three leagues of the shores thereof: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, East Florida, West Florida.

The said Court to have also original Jurisdiction in all Causes arising from the capture of Ships to the southward of latitude 36° 45′ North, or of ships whose Port of Destination shall be within either of the said Colonies.

The said Court to have also Jurisdiction in Appeals from the Courts of Vice Admiralty established or to be established within either of the said Colonies.