Supreme Court of Auresia

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The Supreme Court of the Imperium is the entity that serves as the supreme judiciary body of the Auresian Empire. It membership is comprised of nine members.

The Court meets in Taralona Palace on Palatane Hill in the Five Hills District of Cedelphia.

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Background

Members

The Court - the only case in Auresia where a court is referred to capitalized - is comprised of nine members - the Princeps Tribunale, or President of the Court, and the eight Magistrato Tribunale, or Justices of the Supreme Court. The membership of the Court is appointed by the Dynast Sovereign. This membership is responsible for providing the final level of judicial review to cases which require the highest levels of attention. Unless they die, are dismissed, or resign, Justices serve until one of the following occurs -

  • reaching age 70 (mandatory retirement)
  • reaching 30 years service on the Court

Procedure

Petition

Any citizen of the Empire whose case has reached the relevant provincial court - be it criminal, civil, or chancery - and been denied the outcome they desire can appeal to the Supreme Court at that time for their review of the case. The Court's decisions on what cases it will and will not review is discretionary - on average, they agree to accept only about one third of all cases petitioned to them.

On the date a petition is approved, the Court clerks dispatch a letter to the aggrieved party informing them of a date, typically three months in the future, of the date of the formal opening of hearings on their case. During that time, the letter will explain, the complainant is expected to meet with their legal advisers and prepare their presentation and all relevant papers and other information accordingly.

Hearings

The Court opens every case it hears with a formal session wherein the complainant party and defending party are both required to present themselves before the Justices, identify themselves, and explain - in a brief statement not to last more than ten minutes - the reasoning behind the stances of their respective sides of the case. After this session, during which the Justices will ask both parties numerous questions, the hearing is adjourned and the involved parties are given a copy of the official schedule of dates and times the Court clerks have planned for all future sessions.

Adherence to this schedule is expected. Any potential issues which may arise to interfere with the attendance of any involved parties is expected to be brought to the attention of the Court clerks at the earliest possible convenience, that sessions affected may be rescheduled as necessary. Failure to show for a scheduled hearing on a case commonly results in the offending party being held in general contempt and levied a fine. Likewise, their case is then pushed to the back of the current schedule. A second failure to show results in a complainant's case being dismissed and blocked from being re-filed. This results in the same outcome as if the case had been refused review at the outset - the ruling of the previous court is upheld and cannot be further appealed.

Once the Court has concluded its hearings on a case, the matter then goes into review, the process during which the Justices will work with the Court clerks to research extant case law on the subject and to appropriately contemplate their views on the case. The entire review process can take anywhere from one month to one year, depending on the gravity of the case and the state of the Court schedule.

Rulings

Once the Court has compiled its ruling on a case, it notifies all involved parties. A date and time is set for the ruling to be announced. During this gathering, the Justice responsible for writing the opinion of the Court (the task rotates the eight associate justices with each case), will announce their decision and give brief remarks to explain their reasons for this decision.

Once the Court has issued a ruling, the party who was ruled against it has the option to appeal the matter directly to the Dynast Sovereign. As with all other appeals, this requires the dispatch of a Privy Secretary who takes the letter written to the Sovereign's attention from their hands for delivery to the Dynast Sovereign personally. Once the Sovereign has completed their own review and consulted their advisers, they arrange a written reply, a copy of which is sent to the petitioner and the opposing party. Whatever the Sovereign rules is final and the matter is then considered closed.

    Curia Imperiale   
The Crown The Dynast Sovereign, Privy Council, Privy Secretariat, List of Dynast Sovereigns
Executive First Minister’s Office (Bureau of the Civil Service, Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Bureau of Internal Affairs, Bureau of Correspondence)
Legislature Imperial Parliament ( House of Lords, House of Delegates)
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State Administrations General Post Administration, Imperial Archives & Records Administration, Imperial Customs & Revenue Administration, Imperial Public Health Administration, Strategic Research & Development Administration
Crown Corporations Auresian Broadcasting Corporation, Export-Import Bank of Auresia, Imperial Oil & Gas, Savings & Investment Auresia
Related Subjects Government Structure, Foreign Relations, Politics, Crime & Punishment, Farinacci
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