- Oct 22, 2002
Here is Section E of the DG2 Code of Laws. This section deals with the Judicial Branch. Please propose any modifications that will make for a better ruleset, as well as identify any passages that are no longer needed.
E. The Judicial Branch 1. The judiciary is comprised of three members, the Chief Justice, the Public Defender and the Judge Advocate. 2. All members of the judiciary share several rights and responsibilities. A. Post polls and discussion on interpretations of the Constitution, Code of Laws, and Code of Standards. B. Do not have Deputies but may appoint Pro-Tem officials (Pro-Tem Justice, Pro-Tem Defendant and Pro-Tem Advocate) if they are unable to fulfill their duties. Pro-Tem officials have all of the rights and responsibilities of the officials they are filling in for but are a temporary position and must surrender their pro-tem status upon the request of the official. C. Participate in Judicial Review to determine the legality of proposed amendments, laws and standards. D. Initiate and participate in Judicial Review to interpret and clarify existing amendments, laws and standards. E. Initiate and participate in Judicial Review to dismiss investigations as having "No Merit". F. Post Legislative polls that have passed Judicial Review. 3. The Chief Justice A. Perform as needed in the positions of Public Defender and Judge Advocate in the absence of either official. B. Is responsible for posting the current full census and current active census at the beginning of each term. C. Is responsible for updating and maintaining the Judicial Log. D. Is responsible for monitoring investigation threads to keep them on topic and accurate. 4. The Public Defender A. Is tasked with ensuring all public investigations are performed correctly with deference to the presumed innocence of the accused. B. Will ensure that the accused understands the charges against them and what rules were purportedly broken so the accused can mount a valid defense. C. Will perform as defender, if so wished by the accused. 5. The Judge Advocate A. Is tasked with the mechanics of investigation and trial. B. Will open and close discussions and polls as appropriate to the trial. C. Will perform as prosecutor (gather and present evidence) for anonymous accusers. 6. Judicial Review A. A quorum requires the attendance of all 3 members of the judiciary. B. Review of proposed amendments and laws. 1. 2 of 3 must agree that the amendment or law does not conflict with existing amendments, laws and standards. 2. If a proposal is rejected due to conflicts it is returned to the Congress with detail of the conflicts noted. This proposal may then be edited and resubmitted for Review. 3. If a proposal is approved through Judicial Review it is posted as a Legislative poll(s) by a member of the Judiciary. C. Review of proposed standards. 1. 2 of 3 must agree that the proposal does not conflict with existing amendments, laws and standards. 2. If a standard is rejected due to conflicts it is returned to the sponsor with detail of the conflicts noted. This proposal may then be edited and resubmitted for Review. A. If the standard is already in the polling process the Legislative Council Vote is declared VOID. B. If the standard has completed the polling process it is revoked and removed from the Code of Standards. D. Interpretation and clarification of existing amendments, laws and standards. 1. 2 of 3 must agree on the interpretation or clarification. 2. The interpretation/clarification is then entered into a Judicial Log for reference. A. The Judicial Log may be referenced for further interpretation or clarification but may not be used as criteria for review of proposed amendments, laws and standards. E. Dismissal of investigations 1. 3 of 3 must agree that the accusation shows "No Merit". 2. Specific reasoning for a judgement of "No Merit" must be provided.