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naval court

A court convened under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 either by the captain of one of HM ships on foreign station or by a consular officer. Its purpose is to inquire into the abandonment or loss of any British ship, any complaint by an officer or seaman of such a ship, or any other matter requiring investigation in the interests of the owners of the ship or its cargo. It reports to the Department of Trade and has limited disciplinary powers. A naval court has from three to five members, each of whom must be either a naval officer, the master of a British merchant ship, a consular officer, or a British merchant (each of the first three of these categories must if possible be represented).

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