The rules: Every poster has one vote (per charge) of guilt or innocence.
**For a guilty verdict, your options are:
Send them to the Wall. (same as a life prison sentence)
Poena Cullei (in respect of the charge of Parricide only. Judges are not required to pass such a sentence, but may do so if they deem it appropriate. )**
Death by sword. (Clean and quick)
Death by hanging (Not so clean and quick).
Stripped of land/title.
Only the nominated character will be discussed, however, you can indict characters you also find culpable, as part of your ruling, and they can be added to the docket.
**Votes can be changed before they are counted, but do so in your original post.
Posters can just cast a vote, which is your right, but try to state a case as well. Your opinion actually matters and it may serve to change the vote of another judge.
*Do not take it personally if your favourite character is being torn to pieces. Everyone is fair game.
****If votes of 'not guilty' and 'dismissed' taken together comprise over 50% of the total votes cast, the defendant is to be found 'not guilty' or the charge is to be 'dismissed', with the option that gained the most votes between the two representing the final verdict.****
NB. Following representations by numerous distinguished jurists, Death by flaying or burning alive will no longer be available as a sentence. However, Death by hanging is now an option, as is community service (the judge should state what form of community service he/she considers appropriate).
**If you find the character innocent, simply state innocent or Not Guilty after your argument.
As for as evidence that can be submitted, posters can submit any argument they deem relevant. However we cannot use any pardons (save in one instance) or prior convictions as evidence in the matter. Our court will not recognize the judgement of any other court or ruling body. In the event that a defendant is charged with an offence against another character, judges are entitled (but not obliged) to find that defendant Not Guilty, if the latter has pardoned or forgiven them.
**You can also vote for charges to be dismissed (majority rule). Any vote to dismiss charges will be treated as an acquittal, and be added to any verdicts of Not Guilty/Innocent.
**At the end of the week the vote will be counted and the final sentence carried out. Majority rules. In the event that no punishment commands a majority, then the Court will reach a consensus between the various options put forward.
The charges are outlined in the next post
** For those who are unfamiliar with this, the Defendant is flogged repeatedly in front of a large crowd. He is then required to crawl before the crowd into a large sack. Into this sack are placed, a cockerel, a dog, and an adder, representing lust, shamelessness and ingratitude, respectively. The sack is then sewn shut, and thrown into the Sea.
Edited by SeanF, 13 September 2013 - 08:43 AM.