What is Maritime Law’s Most Common Trial Type?
Maritime law does not provide for a trial by jury. If an individual files only a maritime law claim, then the individual will not have the right to a trial by jury in federal court.
However, there are very many exceptions to this general rule. If, for example, the maritime law claim is filed in state court, the individual may have a right to a trial by jury based on state procedural rules. Additionally, if a Jones Act seaman files a claim under the Jones Act along with one or more maritime law claims, the Jones Act seaman is entitled to a jury trial under the Jones Act. This would also include a jury trial in regard to his maritime law claims.
Remember, the general rule is that maritime law does not provide for a jury trial. However, there are typically very many exceptions to this rule which may allow for a trial by jury.