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The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2017

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2017

Question:- Recently the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 was passed unanimously by…….
(a) Rajya Sabha
(b) Lok Sabha
(c) Both (a &b)
(d) Legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh
Answer: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On July24, 2017,the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 Passed Unanimously by Rajya Sabha.
  • The Bill aims to establish a legal framework for consolidation of related laws to replace the age old archaic laws with modern Indian legislation and to confer admiralty jurisdiction on all High Courts of the coastal states of the country. The bill was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017.
  • The bill when enacted will repealfive different Admiralty Acts which are 126 to 177 years old.
  • The Bill provides for prioritization of maritime claims and maritime liens while providing protection to owners, charterers, operators, crew members and seafarers at the same time.
  • As per the new Bill, High Courts of all the coastal states shall exercise admiralty jurisdiction over maritime claims which include several aspects not limited to goods imported, but also other claims such as payment of wages of seamen, loss of life, salvages, mortgage, loss or damage, services and repairs, insurance, ownership and lien, threat of damage to environment etc.
  • The Bill accords highest priority to payment of wages of the seafarers. The Bill also provides for protection against wrongful and unjustified arrest and has provision for transfer of cases from one High Court to other High Court.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=168943

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