Admirality (not many people understand it)
To the extent that admiralty procedure differs from civil procedure, it is a mystery to mot trial and appellate judges, and to the non-specialist lawyer who finds himself-sometimes to his surprise - involved in a case cognizable only on the admiralty Aside of the court. Admiralty practice, said Mr. Justice Jackson, is a unique system of substantive laws and procedures with which members of the Court are singularly deficient in experience.” Black Diamond S.S. Corp. V. Steward & Sons, 336 U.S. 386, 403, 69 S.Ct. 622, 93L.Ed 754 (1949) (dissenting opinion).
Is it any wonder that the State Courts do not have any concept of Admiralty process when they rule against you in favor of the purchaser of the IRS tax lien, in Quiet Tile action? Note, more on this latter.
“The Federal District courts are the accustomed forum in which actions in admirable are tried and in the absence of some special reason therefore no effect should be made to divert this type of litigation to judges less experience in the filed” Calmar S.S. Corp. V. United States, 345, US 446, 97 L.Ed 1140, 73 S.Ct. 733.