Chancellory
         
 


Law Interpretation

This portion of the chancellery deals with the law: interpretation, rulings, civil courts (which clarify ambiguities in the law), and conflicts of law.

Civil Courts

  • Minister of Justice as Magistrate: re: May the Minister of Justice serve as Magistrate in a case filed by the Crown if the Crown chooses to act as its own Prosecutor? November, 2009
  • Prosecutor as a Judge Advocate: re: May a Prosecutor act as his own Judge Advocate in a Court of Chivalry? November, 2009
  • Undernumber Subdivision Imperial Votes: re: Does an uncharted subdivision retain its Imperial vote if it is not at the required number of members to meet its status? November, 2009
  • Estates Votes: re: Who does an estates vote "belong" to? A civil court was convened at the March 14, 2004 Imperial Estates Meeting to address the following issue:
    1. Does a vote belong to an estate, or a person who holds that estate?
  • Ducal/Archducal status of Sangrael A civil court was convened at the March 13, 2004 Imperial Estates Meeting to address the following issue:
    1. Does Sangrael exist as a duchy, or an archduchy?
  • Awarding of points, etc.: re: Re: Awarding of Points, Rights of Members to Form Estates. A civil court was convened at the October 12, 2002 Invitational Steel Tourney to address the following issues:
    1. Recent Kingdom Writs have placed or attempted to place a number of requirements upon the right of members to form and maintain estates and to exercise votes in their Kingdom estates in addition to Imperial Law. Do they place unreasonable burdens upon the rights provided?
    2. We have affirmed the right of members to earn advancement points at Imperial Tournaments in addition to the normal monthly maximum earnable from all other events. Does this ability to earn additional points apply to Minstry as well?
    3. The award of Ministry points is made at the discretion of the Sovereign. While the award of the Sovereign's own Ministry points has been largely left to the Sovereign himself, is the power vested with or the points awarded, at least reviewable by the Imperial Crown over the Sovereigns of Chartered Subdivisions?
    4. Frequently, new Sovereigns are asked to audit the points awards of their predecessors (either to award points missed or to question whether awarded points were actually or legally earned). From what authority is this practice derived and what procedures and safeguards apply?
  • Kingdom Charters: re: Order of law of kingdom charters; amending kingdom charters; and, effect upon amended charters. A civil court was convened at the November 3, 2001 Imperial Estates Meeting to address the following issues:
    1. To which order of law does a Kingdom Charter belong?
    2. What does it take to amend a Kingdom Charter?
    3. What happens to the charter once amended?
  • Choosing a Trial Date, Etc.: re: several issues. A civil court was convened at the September 2001 Imperial War to address the following issues:
    1. What happens if the defendant refuses to choose a date?
    2. Are Knights to be held to the above statements [operating principles] as a minimum standard for Knightly conduct? Is Knightly code of conduct only based on each individual's code of conduct or is there some minimum behaviours that all Knights (and possibly all members) reasonably should maintain? Are there any general contexts where conduct could be construed as criminal?
    3. What kind of reasons cause a [affirmative] defense. In this case, does the defendant need to provide the plaintiff their list of accusations/reasons they are using?
  • Lapsed Memberships of Sitting CrownsA civil court was convened at the July 21, 2001 Imperial Estates Meeting to address the following question:
    1. What, if any, action should or may be taken when it is discovered that "Crowns/Ruling Nobles" no longer meet the qualifications for holding office as enumerated in Article VIII. B. 1. and specifically c. (continuous membership).
  • Conduct Unbecoming A Civil Court was convened September 1, 2001 to answer the following questions:
    1. Writ: 12 Conduct of the Courts - July 1999
    2. Are Knights to be held to the above statements as a minimum standard for Knightly conduct? Is Knightly code of conduct only based on each individual's code of conduct or is there some minimum behaviours that all Knights (and possibly all members) reasonably should maintain? Are there any general contexts where conduct could be construed as criminal?
    3. No Bylaws address this: What kind of reasons cause a [affirmative] defense. In this case, does the defendant need to provide the plaintiff their list of accusations/reasons they are using?
  • Member not in Good Standing A Civil Court was convened to answer questions concerning Member not in Good Standing :
    Question 1: What are the parameters of “Members not in Good Standing”? How is it imposed, and what restrictions does a member face?
    Question 2: If the BoD can place a member under a “Not in Good Standing” status, what procedure must they use? Must they convene a special panel in the same fashion for membership suspension/revocation?
    Question 3: Can a special panel be convened without allowing the subject(s) to defend him/her/themselves? Must a representative of the defendant be present at the special panel?
    Question 4: Who determines who owes money to the Empire?"

Rulings of Law and Advisories



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