Commercial Court and Admiralty Court annual report 2004/2005

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This report covers the work of the Commercial Court and Admiralty Court.

The jurisdiction of the Commercial Court is wide. It extends to any claim relating to the transaction of trade and commerce (including commercial agreements, import and export, carriage of goods by sea, land and air, banking and fi nancial services, insurance and reinsurance, markets and exchanges, commodities, the construction of ships, agency, arbitration and competition matters).

The Admiralty Court has exclusive jurisdiction over certain maritime claims (including the arrest of ships, collisions and salvage), but many actions relating to disputes under bills of lading are brought in the Commercial Court as are almost all charter party disputes.