46 U.S. Code § 70504 - Jurisdiction and venue

(a) Jurisdiction.— Jurisdiction of the United States with respect to a vessel subject to this chapter is not an element of an offense. Jurisdictional issues arising under this chapter are preliminary questions of law to be determined solely by the trial judge.
(b) Venue.— A person violating section 70503 or 70508 of this title shall be tried in the district court of the United States for—
(1) the district at which the person enters the United States; or
(2) the District of Columbia.


(Pub. L. 109–304, § 10(2),Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1688; Pub. L. 110–407, title II, § 202(b)(2),Oct. 13, 2008, 122 Stat. 4300.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
46 App.:1903(f).
Pub. L. 96–350, § 3(f), Sept. 15, 1980, 94 Stat. 1160; Pub. L. 99–570, title III, § 3202, Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3207–97; Pub. L. 99–640, § 17, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3554; Pub. L. 104–324, § 1138(a)(5), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3989.


2008—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–407inserted “or 70508” after “70503” in introductory provisions.

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