Ministry of Justice

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The Imperial Ministry of Justice exercises authority over violations of Imperial law, especially when those violations occur on Imperial territory, including within the extrality boundary of starports.

  • Judges, justices, and the other personnel of the Imperial justice system are part of the Ministry of Justice. Most higher staff but not all staff are nobles.
  • Because the Third Imperium is such a distributed power ("feudal confederation"), few laws have ultimate authority throughout the Third Imperium. Apart from the use of force, taxation, trade, and interstellar relations on a macro level, the Emperor delegates most lesser details of life to local nobles, bureaucrats, and planetary governors.
  • It is part of the Imperial Bureaucracy of the Third Imperium.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Ministry of Justice is the managerial authority over many transgressions and violations of Imperial Law. So long as the event takes place within Imperial territory, which includes ambassadorial excursions and Imperial vessels abroad, the Ministry is the ultimate power behind what is to happen to the criminal(s) in question[1].

The head of the Administration of the Imperial legal system, though the Ministry of Justice, is the Minister of Justice.
The most senior judge in the Imperium is the Emperor.

Imperial Jurisdiction[edit]

So long as the event takes place within Imperial territory, which includes ambassadorial excursions and Imperial vessels abroad, Imperial Jurisdiction applies.

Taxation & Trade[edit]

The regulation of Trade is the purview of the Ministry of Commerce[6]. Where there are commercial disputes in Interstellar trade, these will be adjudicated in the Imperial Civil Courts. Where there are breaches of Imperial Law relating to Interstellar trade this is adjudged in the Imperial Criminal Courts.

Use of Force[edit]

No information yet available.

Interstellar Civil Rights[edit]

No information yet available.

Sophontic Code (Rights)[edit]

No information yet available.

Clonal Code (Rights)[edit]

No information yet available.

Code of Robota[edit]

In Imperial Law, Robots are not sentient, are machines and have no rights.

Treatise on Exotic Life[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Imperium maintains the following court systems[7]: -

  1. Imperial Criminal Courts
    1. Includes the Imperial High Court
  2. Imperial Civil Courts
  3. Imperial Admiralty Courts
  4. Imperial Military Courts

With the Exception of the Imperial High Court, where the presiding judge is always the Emperor, High nobles, acting as an Imperial Judge, operate the Imperial Courts. This duty may require acting as a single judge for some important cases, but usually consists of monitoring the actions of lesser Judges and reviewing their decisions.

  • The criminal court is inquisitorial.
  • Judges are selected by the subsector Dukes and are always Nobles[8], but not always peers. Judges need not be trained in law, they may retain a court legate to advise them in facts of law for a particular case. Important cases require a tribunal of three Imperial Judges[9]. The judgement of the court is final and there are no Imperial Appeals Courts.

Interstellar Relations & Ministry of Justice[edit]

No information yet available.

Quarantine Branch & Ministry of Justice[edit]

No information yet available.

Institutional Timeline[edit]

No information yet available.

See also[edit]

Third Imperium[edit]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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