Since 1982, Panama acquired jurisdiction over actions arising out of maritime disputes occurring within the territory and over vessels carrying the Panamanian flag. Prior to this, the United States of America had jurisdiction over these actions pursuant to the Panama Canal Treaties. For this reason, Panama maintains generally the same procedure that the American courts, based on common law. The Maritime Court has therefore been a hybrid figure in our traditionally roman juridical system, having adopted a common law features such as the use of in rem actions, discovery and the figure of the Marshall, among others.
The new Maritime Court of Panama has steadily created a solid and constant jurisprudence of international character. KARNAKIS & KARNAKIS is aware of these matters and that is the reason we keep ourselves updated of the recent legislation and jurisprudence in maritime litigation, in order to serve and represent our clients interests the best way we can.
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