Only Federal High Court has admiralty jurisdiction on Marine Insurance matters  

 

Manuel Akinshola
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19/04/2018 12:19 pm  

Whether the Federal High Court has Jurisdiction over admiralty matters?.

"The admiralty jurisdiction conferred by section 7 (1) (d) certainly was not limited "to causes or matters of admiralty as pertain to Federal Government vessel or property or revenue". In my opinion, the two sections which read:

(1) The Federal High Court shall have and exercise jurisdiction in all civil cases and matters;

             (d) Of Admiralty Jurisdiction"

8 (1) In so far as jurisdiction is conferred upon the Federal High Court in respect of the causes and matters mentioned in the foregoing provisions of this part, the High Court or any other court of a State shall to the extent that jurisdiction is so conferred upon the Federal High Court cease to have jurisdiction in relation to such causes or matters. " cannot bear any other interpretation than that admiralty jurisdiction was taken away from States' High Courts and vested in the Federal High Court."

PER OBASEKI, J.S.C. in AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE V. CEEKAY TRADERS LTD. (1981) 5 S.C. 50


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