||Bermuda exercised a maritime jurisdiction that was as independent of metropolitan control as
any during the seventeenth century. The grant to the Somers Islands' Company in 1615 included jurisdiction by land and sea, and the Governor's Council took upon itself the arbitration of many maritime cases. In 1697, before the provisions of the 1696 Act came into force, Vice Admiralty Courts were officially created. In the Caribbean area, jurisdictions were authorised where already established; in Bermuda [...].
Special commissions for the trial of pirates werde issued at Bermuda in 1728.
The Prize Act passed in August, 1803, created an additional Prize Court with salaried judges in Bermuda at St. George 's.
Source: Craton, Michael John: The Caribbean Vice Admiralty Courts, 1763.1815. Indispensable Agents of an Imperial System, Hamilton 1968.en
The Vice-Admiralty Court of Bermuda was authorised and officially created in 1697. The Caribbean Vice-Admiralty Courts' functions were to try pirates, adjudicate prizes, settle maritime disputes, and prosecute infringements of the Acts of Trade.
The Prize Act passed in August, 1803, created an additional Prize Court with salaried judges in Bermuda at St. George 's.en