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* ''[[Imperial Courts of Justice]]:'' The {{Imperium}} has a network of [[Imperial Courts of Justice]] that deal with the main branches of the [[Imperial Law]]: Criminal; Civil; Admiralty and Military
 
* ''[[Imperial Courts of Justice]]:'' The {{Imperium}} has a network of [[Imperial Courts of Justice]] that deal with the main branches of the [[Imperial Law]]: Criminal; Civil; Admiralty and Military
** Criminal Justice System: [[Imperial Criminal Courts]] deal with crimes. Depending upon the crime, [[Imperial Criminal Courts|criminal courts]] may impose fines, imprisonment, banishment, or the death penalty. In important cases, or cases where capital punishment is an option, a tribunal of [[Imperial Judge]]s is convened to determine the sentence.
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** Criminal Law: [[Imperial Criminal Courts]] deal with crimes. Depending upon the crime, [[Imperial Criminal Courts|criminal courts]] may impose fines, imprisonment, banishment, or the death penalty. In important cases, or cases where capital punishment is an option, a tribunal of [[Imperial Judge]]s is convened to determine the sentence.
** Civil Disputes: [[Imperial Judge]]s in the [[Imperial Civil Courts]] System adjudicate on disputes between plaintiffs in the interpretation of circumstances in trade, ownership, etc.  
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** Civil Law: [[Imperial Judge]]s in the [[Imperial Civil Courts]] System adjudicate on disputes between plaintiffs in the interpretation of circumstances in trade, ownership, etc.  
** Admiralty Cases: [[Imperial Admiralty Courts]] adjudicate cases involving interstellar trade and shipping – including piracy, barratry (wrongful conduct of crew that results in monetary losses), and hijacking – using an inquisitorial process similar to that used by the [[Imperial Criminal Courts]]. The procedures are also similar: court-appointed investigators and the advocates of the accused present the facts of the case to a panel of one or more [[Imperial Judge]]s.
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** Admiralty Law: [[Imperial Admiralty Courts]] adjudicate cases involving interstellar trade and shipping – including piracy, barratry (wrongful conduct of crew that results in monetary losses), and hijacking – using an inquisitorial process similar to that used by the [[Imperial Criminal Courts]]. The procedures are also similar: court-appointed investigators and the advocates of the accused present the facts of the case to a panel of one or more [[Imperial Judge]]s.
** The [[Ministry of Justice]] does not have jurisdiction over [[Imperial Military Courts]]. Crimes under [[Military Law]] including [[War Crimes]] are tried by [[Imperial Military Courts]].
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** Military Law: The [[Ministry of Justice]] does not have jurisdiction over [[Imperial Military Courts]]. Crimes under [[Imperial Code of Military Justice]] including [[War Crime]]s are tried by [[Imperial Military Courts]].
 
* ''Penal System:'' The [[Ministry of Justice]] also maintains the {{Imperial}} [[Prison World|Prison]] system{{Page cite|name=Agent|version=Mongoose Traveller|page=28}} to house convicted criminals. The subsector dukes oversees the [[Prison World|prisons]] and [[Prison World|exile camps]].  
 
* ''Penal System:'' The [[Ministry of Justice]] also maintains the {{Imperial}} [[Prison World|Prison]] system{{Page cite|name=Agent|version=Mongoose Traveller|page=28}} to house convicted criminals. The subsector dukes oversees the [[Prison World|prisons]] and [[Prison World|exile camps]].  
 
* ''Inquisitorial Agents:'' Lastly, the [[Ministry of Justice]] appoints special agents (see [[Imperial Sanction (Warrant)|Imperial Sanction]]) to travel throughout the Imperium to investigate specific cases, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice. Most of these agents act with the direct authority of the [[Minister of Justice|Minister]], and a few have limited [[Imperial Warrant]]s (Issued under ''Edict 97''{{Page cite|name=Agent|version=Mongoose Traveller|page=29}}), making them personal representatives of the [[Emperor]].  
 
* ''Inquisitorial Agents:'' Lastly, the [[Ministry of Justice]] appoints special agents (see [[Imperial Sanction (Warrant)|Imperial Sanction]]) to travel throughout the Imperium to investigate specific cases, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice. Most of these agents act with the direct authority of the [[Minister of Justice|Minister]], and a few have limited [[Imperial Warrant]]s (Issued under ''Edict 97''{{Page cite|name=Agent|version=Mongoose Traveller|page=29}}), making them personal representatives of the [[Emperor]].  

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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)

The Ministry of Justice is the managerial authority over all transgressions and violations of Imperial Law. So long as the event takes place within Imperial territory, which includes ambassadorial excursions and Imperial vessels abound, 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.

Imperial Jurisdiction

No information yet available.

Taxation & Trade

The regulation of Trade is the purview of the Ministry of Commerce[4]. 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

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Interstellar Civil Rights

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Sophontic Code (Rights)

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Clonal Code (Rights)

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Code of Robota

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Treatise on Exotic Life

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History & Background (Dossier)

The Imperium maintains three court systems[5]: -

  1. Imperial Criminal Courts
    1. Includes the Imperial High Court
  2. Imperial Civil Courts
  3. Imperial Admiralty 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[6], 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[7]. The judgement of the court is final and there are no Imperial Appeals Courts.

Interstellar Relations & Ministry of Justice

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Quarantine Branch & Ministry of Justice

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Institutional Timeline

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