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Edict of Rosemoor, 1807


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EDICT OF ROSEMOOR

14th of Owyn's Flame, 1807

 

To Our Beloved Subjects, 

 

The Edict of Establishment, 1736 granted to Our Diet the impeachment power, by which a tenured officer of Our realm could be found in contempt of his office and removed from it by Writ. Since this power's grant, it has never been exercised to its fullest extent, owing to the vagueness of its clauses. Disputes over the definition and use of the power have, on necessary occasions, arisen; namely whether the mere passage of a Writ of Impeachment suffices to remove an officer for his crimes, or whether he must be found guilty by some further body. 

 

The Crown follows with the sentiments expressed by Justice John Huss, of the D'Arkent Court, who expressed in a judicial opinion that he "[did] not believe that the act of accusing an individual should be combined with meting out a verdict within the same Writ." We do hereby define the powers of impeachment and trial in Our edict.

 

Delivered at Rosemoor.

14th of Owyn's Flame, 1807.

 

SECTION I: IMPEACHMENT PROCESS

 

That the impeachment of a member of the Council of State or any officer of Our realm for high crimes and felonies of a categorically serious extent, such as ‘improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of their office’, or ‘using their office for an improper purpose or for personal gain,' be defined as a Writ of Impeachment.

 

That the House of Commons, upon a vote of simple majority, shall hold Power to introduce Writs of Impeachment against an officer.

 

That the House of Lords shall have the Power to try all impeachments, over which the Lord Speaker shall preside, and that guilt and conviction shall be determined by concurrence of two-thirds of voting Members.

 

That upon a judgement of guilty by the House of Lords the Writ of Impeachment shall proceed to the Crown, which shall give Its assent, in which case the officer is latae sententiae removed from office, or withhold assent.

 

That Writs of Impeachment shall be concerned only with removal of a person from tenured office, but that the convicted person may be liable to further prosecution in accordance with Our law.

 

ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, 

Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.

 

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