Overview of American Justice

This Article, which relates to American justice from the maritime law perspective, provides a vantage point into the background of the maritime practitioner and the state and federal court structure. Illustrative of the system are case studies regarding choice of law and forum selection as embodied in the Sky Reefer decision and comments on the American civil jury system. This Article discusses practical modern improvements to the justice system by reviewing alternative dispute resolution, the new amendments to the Federal Discovery Rules, and the recent Lewis & Clark case. The Article is designed to give a preliminary insight to a reader, whether American or from abroad.