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Colonial Cases

United States of America

The following miscellaneous material concerns the activity of consular courts in or by the United States. The bulk of U.S. material concerns American consular courts which sat in China and Japan. The following was selected, edited and transcribed by Peter Bullock.

The Times, 8 July 1882

The British Consular Court at San Francisco has suspended Captain Guthrie of the wrecked ship Lammermoor for six months.


The Times, 13 November 1882


The Consular Court at Philadelphia, on the wreck of the British steamship Nuphar on the New Jersey coast, censures the master for not heaving the lead more frequently, this being a common neglect of mariners approaching the New Jersey coast.  The Court also recommended changes in the light marking the entrance to Delaware Bay to facilitate navigation.  The master retains his certificate.


Los Angeles Herald, 23 August 1902


Sailors From a French Vessel Imprisoned in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 22. - Henri Didier, a sailor, was removed from the French ship Sacoa by a United States Marshal and imprisoned in the city jail, where he will serve an eight days' sentence without having had a trial in any court of the United States.

Didier is imprisoned in accordance with the provisions of the French consular convention of 1853, which gives French consuls authority to imprison for offenses committed on French vessels.  This is the first instance in which this authority has been exercised in this port.  Didier was imprisoned for a petty theft committed on the Sacoa while en route to this city.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School