Definition of prize court in English:

prize court


  • A naval court that adjudicates on the distribution of ships and property captured in the course of naval warfare.

    • ‘If any was found, the vessel had to be escorted to the nearest port, where a ‘prize court’ would adjudicate whether the cargo was contraband or not, and confiscate it if it was.’
    • ‘The project for an international prize court was soon forgotten.’
    • ‘Note the emphasis on the fact that the Supreme Court here sat as a prize court administering the law of nations, and note its references to the international character of the law maritime.’