American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The office, rank, or command of a vice admiral.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office of a vice-admiral; a vice-admiralty court.
“Otis served the Boston vice-admiralty court as advocate general from 1756 to 1760, and during this time became more active in public as well as legal affairs.”
“By 1763 nine separate vice-admiralty courts had been set up in the American colonies.40 They were mostly staffed by native judges.”
“Later, London assigned to Spry, and the other vice-admiralty courts, jurisdiction to decide cases under the Stamp Act.”
“But in England the Exchequer court specialized in matters of crown revenue; there was no such court in the colonies; only the vice-admiralty courts were loyal enough to be trusted with such matters.”
“As resistance to British policy grew, it spilled over naturally into resentment of vice-admiralty courts.”
“Two court systems, vice-admiralty and chancery, call for special comment.”
“These regional courts were to share jurisdiction with the older vice-admiralty courts.”
“When war broke out, the new state governments found it useful to create their own vice-admiralty courts—for cases of prize law, for example.”
“As the century progressed, the legal regime in Newfoundland was expanded to include customs officers (1739) and courts of vice-admiralty (1736), oyer and terminer (1750), and common pleas (1789).”
“Several generations of Carters held positions in the judiciary during the period: the original Robert Carter was a surrogate and justice of the peace, his son William was a vice-admiralty judge, and his grandson Robert was a magistrate.”
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