The Colonial Courts Of Admiralty ( India ) Act, 1891


[ACT NO. 16 OF 1891]

[14th May, 1891]

An Act to declare certain courts in India to be Colonial Courts of Admiralty.


WHEREAS it is provided by the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890, that the legislature of a British possession may by any colonial law declare any Court of unlimited civil jurisdiction in that possession to be a Colonial Court of Admiralty ;

And whereas it is expedient, in pursuance of that provision, to declare certain Courts in India to be colonial Courts of Admiralty;

It is hereby enacted as follows :–

2. Appointment of Colonial Court Admiralty.

The following Courts of unlimited civil jurisdiction are hereby declared to be Colonial Courts of Admiralty, namely :—

(1) The High Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal,

(2) The High Court of Judicature at Madras 1[and]

(3) The High Court of Judicature at Bombay, 2[***]


1. Ins. by the A.O.1948.

2. The word “and” was rep.By the A.O.1948.

3. The words figures “(4) the High Court of judicature at Rangoon , (5) the Court of the Resident at Aden , and” were rep. by the A.O.1937 and “(6) the District Court of Karachi ” rep. by the A.O.1948.

3. Construction of Indian Acts referring to Admiralty and Vice-Admiralty Courts.

The expressions “Court having Admiralty jurisdiction ” and “Admiralty Court ” and the expression “Admiralty or Vice-Admiralty cause” and other expressions referring to Admiralty or Vice-Admiralty Courts or causes, shall, wherever any such expression occurs in any 1[Indian law], be deemed to include a Colonial Court of Admiralty and a Colonial Court of Admiralty cause, and to refer to a Colonial Court of Admiralty or a Colonial Court of Admiralty cause, respectively.

1. Subs. by the A.O.1937, for ” enactment of the C.or of a C. or Lieutenant-Governor in Council “.

4. Court-fees in suits in the Colonial Court of Admiralty at Karachi .

Rep. by the A.O.1947.

5. Repeal.

Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1914 (10 of 1914).




[Rep. by the Repealing and mending Act, 1914 (10 of 1914).]

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