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  1. SCROLL OF PROCEDURE The citizens of Brabant are good and honest people, the judiciary must reflect such traits. One must hold oneself to a standard of transparency and goodness for the dignity of those who find themselves under the scrutiny of our law. To this end, the contents of this document shall elaborate on the judicial procedure of the judiciary for both civil and criminal courts, define the legal punishments, and other important judicial procedures. Section 1- Verdict Ex Curia Section 1.1- Verdict upon Arrest 1. Upon no question of guilt, the need for a trial is voided, and the arrested criminal may immediately receive judgment by a Judge. 2. This should be approved by the Chief Justice or Duke before occurring, but if necessary, it can be skipped over. 3. Upon question of guilt, a court must be convened. Section 1.1 Verdict of Bounty 1. If the subject of the bounty is wanted alive, then a verdict or court will be granted upon their return. 2. If the subject is wanted dead, the death will be verified and legal procedures for death will take place, once the body is delivered to the state. Section 2- Court Procedure Section 2.1 The Call for Court 1. Per the Scroll of Law (refer to section 2, subsections 2-3), any person who attempts, conspires or commits “high crimes” such as treason, murder, poaching, heresy, etc. be subject to immediate prosecution. a. For a crime to be deemed a “high crime”, the Judge must declare it so, after consideration. 1.1. Let any person who commits assault, theft, harassment, or vandalism only be charged if the victim of said crime or the one who accuses such an individual seeks to file charges against the accused. 2. The Judge will review the need of a case and approve or deny it based on legitimacy and need. 3. If approved, the Chief Justice will nominate a Judge to oversee the trial and letters will be sent to all parties involved to summon them to court. Section 2.2 On Legal Procedure 1. All shall rise a moment for the Judge to officially begin court. 2. The Judge, after calling order of the defendant and prosecution/plaintiff, will then announce that: “The trial of ([Defendant] v. [Plaintiff])} is now in session. How does the defendant choose to plea?” 3. 1. The defendant may choose to plead that they are either Guilty or Not Guilty. Should the defendant choose a plea of Guilty, then summary punishment may be issued without any further trial by the presiding judge in line with the guidelines espoused in the Scroll of Law. a. If there is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant for a guilty plea bargain, the judge will move immediately to verdict. b. No judge of Brabant is required to honor a guilty plea bargain but may choose to do so if it does not violate their responsibility of a fair and just court. 3.2. In the case of a civil court, the two parties are allowed to meet before the Court and settle things out of court but must announce such a deal to the Judge or Chief Justice. 4. The plaintiff will make an opening statement, summarizing their arguments. The defendant will follow after with their opening statement. Both statements should take a maximum of 15 saints minutes. 5. The prosecution will make their first claim at which then the defense may make a claim of their own and/or refute the claim that the prosecution has made. a. All claims must be rooted in evidence or logic that achieves an argument. This must only take a maximum of 15 saint minutes. b. Since judges are not required to have extensive knowledge of all fields of study, they are allowed to ask questions of trusted state members, expert witnesses, and if need be the prosecution or defense so that they can come to a capable understanding of the case at hand c. A judge can call state members to come in as expert witnesses if the judge has a reasonable doubt of the expert witnesses brought in by the court. d. Refer to Procedure of Witnesses for the definition of an expert witness. 6. From there the plaintiff will respond and then the defense may rebutt and so on and so forth. Both parties will be allowed to make claims and counterclaims until the Judge deems the end of the argumentation and moves to closing statements. a. Any Objections by each side are to be allowed under any circumstances during and before court, but not after the verdict has been passed or during opening or closing arguments. 7.The Judge will finally render a judgment after hearing both closing statements which shall then be executed by the state. Judges must refer to the Scroll of Law on what it takes for them to reach a clear verdict in the case of civil and criminal cases. 8. The judge will then say “It is under this Legal Court that I find the defendant to be [Guilty / Not Guilty] in the matter of [Name] v. [Name].” 8.1 If a specific crime in the Scroll of Law cannot be substantiated, the Judge will recognize that the accused is innocent until guilty in accordance with section 2, subsection 3, article 1 of the Scroll of Law. 8.2 If it can be, however, the punishment is up to the presiding judge, so long as it is in line with the Scroll of Law and the legal punishments as defined in Section of this document. 9. Finally, if a verdict was issued, the Judge will make their decision. If they assign guilt or deemed the accused to be guilty, they must elaborate on why they chose guilty and what punishment they felt was best. 10. Finally, the Judge adjourns the court, and the trial will end. 11. All trials should be documented for future reference by a scribe. Procedures of Physical Evidence: 1.All bloody, liquid, or solid objects deemed of evidence to the trial must be put into an oversized and leak-proof cloth bag to avoid creating a mess in the trial. 2. All letters/manuscripts/documents and other paper-related evidence that isn’t soiled or found to dirty a crime scene will be allowed to be presented as they are. 3. Both parties must have access and ability to see the evidence but may not tamper with it anyway. Procedure of Witnesses/Testimonials Types of Witnesses: Fact witnesses are witnesses who have knowledge and testify about what happened. A fact witness is someone who can speak about what they witnessed for the case at hand or in criminal cases can also be the victims at hand. Insider/character witnesses have a direct connection with the accused or other witnesses and speak more to the accused or witness's character or personality and may or may not be Fact witnesses also. Expert witnesses testify about matters within the field of their expertise that relates to the case, i.e doctors for a point about medical injuries or wounds. If either side presents a witness or testimonial, that side will be allowed to ask as many questions until the Judge deems it unnecessary. Both sides must tell the other of the witness they intend to bring to court. After that, the other side may ask questions to examine or cross-examine the witness, until that side rests or the judge deems it unnecessary. Procedures of Demonstration: Sometimes, it can be useful to demonstrate a point or an argument and so sometimes a demonstration is allowed to take place. There is no need for either party to disclose when, how, or what type of demonstration they wish to use, only that they just make the judge aware 5 minutes prior to when they do it by either coming up to the judge during trial and approaching his bench or in private recess. Section 3-Legal Punishments The punishments listed below are not tied to any specific crime and are simply the procedure that must take place if a Judge chooses a guilty verdict and a punishment to fit it. No judge can give a punishment outside of the Legal Punishments below but will have the authority to choose how each punishment may be enacted but is not to create new ones or inventive ones of his own. Section 3.1 Punishment by Fine 1.A fine may be given out by a judge on the spot or during his verdict. 2.All fines must be executed by the state, ensuring proper dues to the state 3.If unable to pay the fine, a person will receive jail time or be forced to pay such fine in different manners not limited to seizure of personal property or mandatory labor, or payment of items of a physical nature. Section 3.2 Punishment of a Physical Nature 1. If a crime warrants such punishment of a physical nature that induces bodily harm, such as lashing, stoning, etc , a doctor must be at hand to administer healthcare to the accused afterwards. Section 3.3 Punishment by Exile 1. If a person is punished with exile, they will be given a Saint’s Day to remove their belongings from the city before they are placed in exile. 2. Following this a sketch should be made of the person. This sketch and their name will be posted in the gatehouse, for any guard to see should the person try to return. 3. Should they return before their exile is over, they will be subject to death or jail time for life. 4. Exilement can be appealed a. If this is the case, the person punished should send a letter to The Magister, who will then review the case and determine the course of action from there. b. If another court is needed to be held, then another court will take place and work on similar grounds to mistrial. c. A letter shall be sent to the exiled individual once their period of exile is over, notifying them that they are free to return should they please. Section 3.4 Punishment by Execution 1. Should a person be sentenced to death, their death will be dealt with humanely. 2. The punished may call for their last rites, as afforded to them by the canonist church, should they be a canonist. 3. Executions are to be performed by knights of the Order of the Titan, with a clergyman to oversee the execution. Section 3.5 Punishment of Repeat Offenders 1. Any criminal who has before been found guilty of doing the same crime repeatedly (typically for 3–4 counts), will have their punishment increased from the original verdicts of their previous trials. 2. Criminals who have done different but more than 1 offense of crime to the state will be left under a Judge’s purview on how to follow forward. Section 4 Legal Procedures of the Judiciary Section 4.1 On Prisoners of War 1. Should an enemy be captured in war, their fate may be decided by the Order of the Titan with a trial being overlooked due to the circumstances. 2. Should there be a disagreement about how to handle this situation, the view of the Judge or Duke will supersede the military officials. Section 4.2 Procedure on Crimes done by the Order of the Titan 1. If a member of the Order of the Titan commits an offense that is not a high crime, their case may be handled by the Head of the Order. 2. If a member of Order of the Titan commits an offense that is a higher crime like assault, mutilation, murder or treason, they will receive a Judicial investigation and a subsequent trial. a. Arrest and jail time until arraignment are to be decided by the Order or the Judiciary. 3. Any cruel or unusual punishments carried about an order of the Titan member can also be investigated judicially and receive trial. Section 4.4 Procedure of Marriage 1. The state recognizes a citizen's right to marry as stated in section 4, section 1, article 4 of the Scroll of Law. 2. Once the marriage has taken place, it shall be recognized and into recorded. Section 4.5 Procedure of Mistrial 1. The Scroll of Law guarantees that a mistrial will be held if the original trial contained a significant failure of the legal defense of the accused in accordance with section 2, subsection 3 and Section 4, Subsection 2, Subdivision 3 of the Scroll of Law. 2. Any irregularities of court that could cause a person to have been deemed guilty of doing instead of innocent are also grounds for a mistrial. a. Failure of fact witnesses to arrive, erroneous or false information by expert witnesses, incorrect evidence or false evidence that could have changed the verdict or opinion of the court count as irregularities. 3. A regular court will then take place to investigate the crimes and if the accused is deemed innocent they will be made innocent of all the crimes that he was charged with and the state will award appropriate compensation. 4. If the individual was executed, they will be posthumously declared innocent of all crimes. Section 4.6 Procedure of the False Witness 1. If a fact, insider/character, or expert witness is found to be lying, it shall be at the discretion of the judge of what they shall proceed but a charge of obstruction will be charged. 1.1 A judge may call for a verdict upon arrest, if there is no question or beyond reasonable belief any longer that the witness was lying or in any way obstructing justice. 1.2 If there exists any reasonable doubt, then a separate trial for the accused witness shall be held to determine if that accused will be charged with an obstruction of justice. Conclusion Within this document, it has contained upon itself the procedures of verdict, the establishment of punishments, and the important judicial procedures that must take place for a healthy and necessary judiciary. This document can and will be allowed to have additions and deletions, as long as both the Chief Justice and the Duke have given assent to such changes. Furthermore, all changes in the scroll of law that will directly change this document must also then be modified accordingly.
  2. An Announcement from the Office of the Chief Justice - Issued on 12th of the Grand Harvest 181 SA- Wanted DEAD OR ALIVE For crimes of Kidnapping, Assault, and Attempt [i] A Sketch of a shirtless individual with many tattoos could be seen here. [i] Ivarr Reward 400 Minas Named Ivarr, the individual pictured above poses a threat of the highest caliber towards the citizens of Brabant and their safety. Riding in on a bear, he will most likely appear shirtless with several blue tattoos all over his body. Although he may appear friendly, he is a man of dangerous nature who through his own actions attempted to kidnap a granddaughter of the Duke of Brabant, assaulted a lady of Brabant and through his magic assaulted its Chief Justice. Such heinous crimes shall not go unpunished. Ivarr will face justice and immediate verdict upon arrest as the judiciary has deemed that there is no question of guilt for the crimes of Ivarr. Ivarr is a dangerous individual, most likely a warlock. His tattoos are not just for decoration but serve as an embodiment of his magical abilities. From what was observed, Ivarr is capable of using the wind and spewing fire out of his hands. Though he may also contain other dangerous abilities, he also has a bear so be weary of fighting this man alone. Any Information relating to ’Ivarr’ must be reported to the Chief Justice or the Duke of Brabant. Signed, His Grace, Ser Sterling Blaxton-Whitewood, Duke of Brabant, Marquis of Lotusgrad, Baron of Blackwell, Lilenburg and Swan’s Keep, Lord of the Peaks, Protector of the Weefolk. Firr Stefan Starling Chief Justice of the Duchy of Brabant
  3. [i] The Seal of the Judiciary could be seen here PREAMBLE The office of the Judiciary shall be the administration that tasks itself with the interpretation of the law, registering of lawyers, and the prosecution of accused persons within the law courts of Brabant . This office requires an understanding of the law and an education of state, law, and government and in so doing, the greatest asset of anyone wishing to join this office shall be one’s merit and willingness to learn regardless of class or race. This office shall hold itself to a meritorious standard. Furthermore, the earning of positions shall be decided based upon the merit and the upright behavior conducive towards proper and good actions while in service. OFFICERS OF THE JUDICIARY The Chief Justice The Chief Justice of the Judiciary shall be the second highest authority of the Brabant law, second only to that of the Duke himself. His responsibilities are that of the state and the proper functions of the office of the Judiciary. This includes the training of judges and prosecutors, handling of misconduct of judges and prosecutors, and signing off on bounties and warrants of arrest. The Chief Justice shall report directly to the Duke himself. Judges A Judge’s job will be to convene a civil or criminal court when it is necessary. All judges shall report to the Chief Justice. As judges, their job will be to use and interpret the law to apply to the case that has been convened before his court and rule in that court regarding the guilt or dispute between two or more parties. They shall to their utmost act unbiased as judges and act in proper and good faith for the sake of both parties in any trial. No judge may use or abuse his position of power for any personal or financial gain. Any proof that a judge has acted in bad faith or in breach of conduct can lead to disciplinary decisions left under the purview of the head lawmen and the Marquis himself . Lawyers / Prosecutors Lawyers or prosecutors shall act as the legal force upon which the state shall seek to accuse and determine guilt of the accused in the criminal courts of Brabant. All prosecutors in the office of the Judiciary shall report to the Chief Justice. Prosecutors can not act as judges during the case and must have had training in order to successfully become appointed to this esteemed position. While all judges are allowed to be prosecutors, not all prosecutors are allowed to be judges due to the higher standard and meritorious rigor involved to be a judge in this office. Associates Associates are the first steps into entry into the office. An associate shall be trained into knowing and understanding the laws of Brabant and shall also be taught of the legal courts that reside within it. Once an associate has demonstrated a certain level of understanding deemed adequate to progress as a prosecutor, they shall then be promoted to prosecutors. Associates who by their own will, dedication, and proven mastery of the law by their superior may also be promoted to judge. POSTAMBLE The Chief Justice, Judges, Lawyers/Prosecutors, and Associates shall compose the Judiciary of the Duchy of Brabant, all sworn in by the Oath of Officers, as per the Scroll of Oaths. They must work tirelessly to pursue the correct and proper justice for the realm and through their work may they punish criminals and solve the disputes of the realm. And through their service, may Brabant have within itself a fair and well-working justice system that seeks fairness to all under the law and promotes the God-given rights of all its citizens. Signed by, Firr Stefan Starling Chief Justice of the Duchy of Brabant
  4. [i] Missives like these could be seen on trees and posts all around Brabant A Treatise on Same-Sex Marriage Purpose This document is a thesis on the legal implications of Homophilic Magic. While the author of this document is Canonist and thus follows the decrees of the Church, this document only serves as a secular analysis of Homophilic marriage, concerning legal law and foreign cultures, and most importantly aims to offer suggestions for improvement of current marriage laws and provide a resource for the potential implementation of homophilic marriage laws. Introduction The world of Aevos is vast. It contains a vast variety of different lands, climates, and races. From the orcs of the Horde, the High Elves in the jungles Haelun’Or, to the humans of Canondom and the pagans of Celia and Norland. Through cultures, tongues, religions, skins, and history, the differences between and in descendants are very visible. And yet what is just as visible as the differences in culture between us is the fact that all races contain in themselves the most 2 sacred acts, love and marriage. General Understanding of Marriage To discuss the act of marriage, one must first establish a general understanding of marriage. The act of matrimony is not tied to single or certain descendants, races, cultures, or religions thus one may say, this tradition transcends such paradigms. That being said, in nearly all cultures, marriage does have elements of culture, and religion that exist between those getting married. Some cultures also practice polygamy, though this is far less common throughout the realms. Thus, the common definition of marriage one may use is: “A ritual or ceremony, in which two parties, typically two individuals, join in a recognised union.” The recognition of a marriage can be done by any relevant authority, the state, the local community, or in the case of Canondom, the church. The Relation of Matrimony to that of Law Following the Haeseni Book of Honour, marriage is defined is defined as the “the sacred rite of taking a husband or wife to form a family.” While such a definition is certainly within the decrees of Canondom, one may notice that it features the interesting condition of ‘to form a family,’ meaning that unions in which the couple either doesn’t not want or cannot form a family as not able to form a marriage. With the Lex Civilis of Balian, an official definition of Matrimony is not given, though the language indicates its an affair between man and woman. Most interestingly though, it provides a section on Civil Unions, which is “Civil unions shall be defined as the enjoining of non-human individuals who do not follow the Canon into the institution of marriage as recognized by the Kingdom of Balian.” The rest of the language in this article does not mention gender, implying that two male elves may be allowed to enter a recognised civil union in Balian. This is an instance of legal recognition of foreign unions and to some extent homophilic unions. Granted, with the missive of the ‘4 Canonist Princess on marriage’ Balian and other nations have come to vow to allow same-sex unions in their nations, so the current Lex Civilis is not up to date. But it is still useful for this paper’s analysis. How this all relates to that of Same-Sex Marriage Thus, for the implementation of laws regarding expanding of marriage rights, one may want to include a broad definition of matrimony, so as to allow different parties to marry. This option works best in more secular states, or in non-human countries. Rulers of states with strong religious principles, and with a public desire for homophilic unions, may instead want to implement separate definitions for religiously recognised matrimony, and state-recognised civil union. When it comes to issues of inheritance, such as in the case of noble titles belonging to homophilic couples, one may make the titles non-hereditary, or allow the couple in question to appoint an inheritor. This document will not delve into the theories of such an arrangement. And so finally with everything that has been spoken and declared, I can finally propose this argument for the right of marriage between couples of the same-sex. Although in Brabant, we are a canonist land and so respect the laws of Canon, we still have within ourselves our Scroll of Law upon which the state and government builds upon as its framework. And so, I propose this our government recognize same-sex couples and same-sex marriage as it would the marriages of any other citizen in Brabant as currently the Scroll of Law define marriage as between two peoples with no specific on sex or race. Furthermore, I believe that since homophilic marriages would exist outside the church of Canon as the church deems such to be against the beliefs of our holy scrolls that such marriages be recognized as outside of the Church of Canon, but the government should recognize the right of marriage and extend that to same-sex couples to marry and to also form civil unions. Civil-unions can also be used to recognise the matrimony of foreign races living in one's own land and the rights of its citizens to marry who they wish to choose due to the law in its current state. land, or the union of different religions. Closing words While this document doesn’t comment on the religious principles or morality of homophilic unions, the author of this paper would like to thank the wisdom of the Holy Mother Church, in respecting states that form laws to implement civil unions, that do not infringe on the holy rites of Canondom. And so I, your anonymous author, came to a close on this paper.
  5. An Announcement from the Office of the Chief Justice - Issued on 13th of the Sun's Smile 169 SA- Wanted DEAD OR ALIVE For crimes of Assault, Heresy and Kidnapping [i] A Sketch of an almost dead-looking old human man, with golden eyes could be seen The Man who proclaims himself the Vicar Reward 1000 Minas The necromancer pictured above poses a threat of the highest calibre towards descendant kin, having committed crimes against man and faith. This man will not openly show his dangerous abilities, often attempting to lull his victims into a false sense of security. He will come as a bald near dead-looking old man with a white beard and golden/amber eyes. Furthermore, he may be seen with an accomplice, a necromancing mummy who may be even more dangerous than the Vicar and is known to have at least two necrotic armored guards in his entourage. As a word of prevention: Do not take this old man lightly, his necromancy gives him a power and strength far above his age and to take this man lightly might lead to an early grave. He has already openly attacked 3 citizens of Brabant in broad daylight. He has kidnapped and tortured one citizen using curses of insanity. The office of the Chief Justice prefers the necromancer known as The Vicar, to be brought alive, so that he may face justice of the courts and the Church. However, given the danger, it shall be warranted and deemed understandable if the Vicar is returned to the state in a deceased form. We ask that he be found quickly for his plans for the Church and Brabant appear to be ambitious and by his own words: “One has been taken. Another will be soon. Do not run. Do not Hide. Neither Aurum nor salt nor paladins nor God will stop me. I am coming. Your shrines will crumble, your temples will burn.” Any Information relating to ’The Vicar’ or his allies must be reported to the Chief Justice or the Duke of Brabant. Signed, His Grace, Ser Sterling Blaxton-Whitewood, Duke of Brabant, Marquis of Lotusgrad, Baron of Blackwell, Lilenburg and Swan’s Keep, Lord of the Peaks, Protector of the Weefolk. Firr Stefan Starling Chief Justice of the Duchy of Brabant
  6. On a trip to Balian, Stefan would see the missive while he was relaxing about in the Balian tavern and upong seeing the missive all he could say was "If this man with such refined pedigree and jawline is unable to find someone.. I worry for all single men now" said with a look of deep concern for his single friends, though also happy that he was not share such a fate soon.
  7. An elderly woman gives a missive to her son, Stefan Starling. Stefan would read the missive and think to himself "What on Aevos are they doing up in Haense? Making deals with the devils? What will the church have say about this I reckon?" he said then returning to writing some papers regarding law in Lotusgrad.
  8. I think they can be effective if done right, though I guess that's how everything is. But like guerilla warfare could work, but the only problem is they tend to be like a lot smaller and if they are smaller, it's easier to frame these groups of fringe, and well no one likes being fring. Also, with guerilla warfare, it's kind of hard and often unnecssary unless there needs to be a point where violence would need to where peole need to feel violent to achevie their goals.
  9. Lol can you imagine LOTC having covid?
  10. OOC NAME: SupaSaMM IRP NAME: Stefan Starling (will need armour and lance) DISCORD: SupaSaMM
  11. With a warm smile, the newly appointed Cheif Justice would look upon his new desk and grabbing a pen and quill, he would proceed to start writing out something on a parchment.
  12. Is there a specific block limit or like just don't camp? And if you can't camp, like what if someone walks by and then starts attacking you in rp then? Is there a rule for that? (in this situation the person wasn't camping, he just took an opportunity while he was walking by to attack someone!)
  13. Need to find a place to rp in

     

    1. Tav

      Tav

      then find one 

  14. Tournament Registration RP Name: Jonathan O'Cool MC Name:Awesam5555 Discord: awesam5555 Do you Petra Perhaps
  15. A middle-aged blonde Waldenian can be seen walking about the seven skies, a cigar in his teeth and the smell of vodka upon his breath (yet he remained sober in apperance and mind). "FALLLOn! Gott! Vhat took du so long?" he said wrapping his arms around her in a bear hug as he took the cigar out of his mouth and then pulling away and seeing the wound in her chest "Godan! Gutte to see du died zhe right death! Zhe death of combat! Honestly, du had mich scared du vould die mein cousin's sad death of old age!"
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