The term ‘vice-admiralty ‘is used to refer to the office of a vice-admiral. In early days, the term was used to refer to a civil officer exercising admiralty jurisdiction within a specific place or locality.
Vice-admiralty courts were early day tribunals that were located in British colonies. They were jury less courts. Such tribunals were granted jurisdiction over local legal matters related to maritime activities. The Governor of the colony, in the role of ‘vice-admiral’ exercised jurisdiction in these courts.