Commerce is dependent on the transportation of goods. Much of that transportation involves travel by sea. Maritime Law governs nautical shipping and navigation. In addition, any private entity or person who operates a vessel–including a pleasure boat–is governed by this area of law.
Maritime Law–A Definition
Lawyers.com (http://maritime.lawyers.com/) defines Maritime Law as follows:
Maritime, admiralty law, or the law of the sea is a separate body of procedural and substantive law governing ships and shipping, business or commerce transacted at sea, and the duties, rights, and liabilities of ship owners, shipmasters, and other maritime workers.
Maritime Law Practice Areas
A Maritime and Transportation law firm deals with all aspects of maritime litigation, from the point of the initial investigation to the appellate review. Take a peek at a Maritime and Transportation law firm by visiting the following website of NB&F Attorneys: http://www.nicollblack.com/practice-areas/maritime-and-transportation/. Following is a list of some practice areas:
- Personal injury defense of seaman, longshore workers and passengers
- Wrongful death defense
- Vessel casualty
- Cargo claims: truck, rail, ship, airplane
- Salvage claims
- Container losses or damage
- Vessel detentions and seizures
- Representation of domestic and foreign governmental entities
- Pleasure craft litigation
- Commercial and transactional matters
- Crew contracts
Role of Maritime Law Paralegal
The specifics of the paralegal’s job depend on the practice area of the supervising attorney. Following is a list of possible duties of a Maritime Law paralegal as found in an actual job posting:
- Examine, prepare and process a variety of technical legal documents
- Review incoming material and independently determine the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents (complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, subpoenas)
- Obtain needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submit completed legal documents to the appropriate agency or court
- Prepare legal actions, such as indictments, criminal complaints, discovery request and responses
- Provide trial assistance
- Establish and maintain files
- Open, update and close cases through use of an automated tracking system
- Maintain case calendars and track case deadlines
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