Admiralty Jurisdiction and Practice

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Collision claims

Collision claims must be commenced in the Admiralty Court

Definition of a collision claim

7.1 Most collision claims heard by the Admiralty Court involve physical contact between two ships causing damage to one (or both) of them. However, the definition of a “collision claim” for the purposes of CPR Part 61 is rather wider than this. CPR rule 61.1(2)(d) defines a “collision claim” as being a claim which falls within section 20(3)(b) of the Senior Courts Act (SCA) 1981 and section 20(3)(b) defines a “collision claim” as:

“any action to enforce a claim for damage, loss of life or personal injury arising out of –

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