Judicial Certification Course
The operations of the Chamber of Justice are a mystery to most of the Brotherhood’s members. The Justicar and his Hands of Justice seem to work independently of the Brotherhood itself, and most members will never be involved in any of its proceedings. This air of mystery surrounding the Chamber often leads to confusion and inaccurate representations. In addition, new members of the Chamber have to be trained in its daily goings-on and judicial processes, which can take up a significant amount of time and prevent the Chamber from operating at peak efficiency. The purpose of this course is to educate members on the workings of the Chamber and act as preparation for future Chamber members. This course is not easy, and you should be ready to do some work to pass it – but it is required if you want to serve on the Chamber, and is recommended for all Brotherhood leaders or members who want to know how exactly the Chamber works.
This course will cover, in detail, the following topics:
The Chamber of Justice
The Dark Covenant
Articles of Conduct
II-The Chamber of Justice
The Chamber of Justice is made up of the Justicar, his two assistants (the Hands of Justice), and three members who serve on the Appeals Panel. The Justicar and his assistants operate independently from the rest of the Dark Council as impartial leaders of justice who defend and interpret the Dark Covenant. The Chamber serves to protect the fun and safe environment the Brotherhood has established, and is run by the Justicar. The Justicar is second to no one with authority in the execution of justice.
The Justicar is responsible for minimizing internal strife and works to maintain stability within the Dark Brotherhood. The Justicar serves primarily as the chief judicial officer of the Brotherhood. He is the chief interpreter of the Dark Covenant and upholds the laws and regulations of the Dark Brotherhood. He has the authority to administer justice as it pertains to those laws and conduct investigations as needed to keep the peace. He works constantly with the Grand Master to mitigate problems and damages as issues arise. The Justicar is charged with ensuring the proper function of the entire Chamber of Justice.
Functionally, the Justicar maintains the day-to-day operations of the Chamber. He maintains communication with the Hands of Justice, mediates conflicts, responds to inquiries, and pushes forward judicial proceedings. He also proposes and advises on possible revisions to the Dark Covenant when applicable.
The Hands of Justice
The Left and Right Hands of Justice serve as extensions of the Justicar’s responsibility and authority. On a day-to-day basis the Hands spend their time in the Brotherhood preventing conflict. During the adjudication process, they fill more specific roles outlined below.
The Right Hand of Justice is a member of the Chamber of Justice and serves at the discretion of the Justicar. The Right Hand is charged with upholding the laws of the Covenant and the Brotherhood’s rules and regulations. Specifically, the Right Hand of Justice is the chief investigator into claims. He often serves as the prosecution in cases against members, drawing up charges and ensuring that all evidence is accounted for within the case. The Right Hand works closely with the accuser to determine what sort of case should be brought before the court.
The Left Hand of Justice is a member of the Chamber of Justice and serves at the discretion of the Justicar. The Left Hand is charged with upholding the laws of the Covenant and the Brotherhood’s rules and regulations. Specifically, the Left Hand of Justice is the counter-weight to the Right Hand’s prosecution efforts. He serves as defense counsel and ensures that members have proper knowledge of their rights. He works with the Right Hand of Justice to gain a full discovery of evidence and helps establish a case in defense of the accused.
The Appeals Panel
The Appeals Panel is made up of three active members selected from amongst the Clans by the Justicar, and their terms in office last for six months. The Appeals Panel exists to ensure that Chamber defendants have recourse in the event a Covenant or judicial process error occurs during a trial. The Panel’s jurisdiction is very narrow, and it requires a unanimous vote of the Panel to overturn the court’s decision.
Role of the Consuls
While the Chamber of Justice attempts to catch and mediate conflicts between members early – Consuls are most often the first leader who a complaint reaches. As masters of their respective Clans, the Consuls have the authority to arbitrate problems that originate there. Most problems can be solved at this level without any involvement by the Chamber of Justice. The Justicar understands this and often works with the Consuls to solve problems quickly.
Role of the Grand Master
While not an official member of the Chamber of Justice, the Grand Master plays an important rule nonetheless. As the head of the organization, the Grand Master is the pinnacle of all the Brotherhood’s information. He often consults with the Justicar to ensure all information for a given incident is collected and appropriately forwarded. The relationship is a double-edged sword, because while the GM is a valuable resource, the Chamber is also charged with monitoring his acts to ensure they are in line with the Dark Covenant.
III-The Dark Covenant
The Dark Covenant details the systems and proceedings within the Brotherhood of Dark Jedi. It serves as a guide to the members in the knowledge of our basic structure and shows them the way to our policies and procedures. The Covenant is the written authority that establishes the basic organization, the powers and limits of the leaders, and the rights of the membership. It is the written basis for the authority the Chamber of Justice holds. The purpose of the Covenant is laid out in Article I, Section 1.01. (The Dark Covenant)
Amending the Covenant
The Dark Covenant is not a perfectly written document, and it often requires changes. The Covenant itself outlines the way these changes are to be made, a process which is supervised by the Justicar to assure compliance. The specific guidelines for amendments are set forth in Article I, Section 1.02 of the Covenant.
At a basic level, the Grand Master can freely amend any section of the Covenant not specifically related to him or the members’ rights if he notifies the Dark Council. Similarly the Justicar can freely amend the Judicial article of the Covenant, except the rights of the accused, with the approval of either the Grand Master or the Dark Council. Finally, the Dark Council can freely amend the Covenant except the members’ rights and duties of the Grand Master, if a majority agrees on the amendment. All changes to the Covenant must be documented and announced to the membership, none can be made secretly.
Interpreting the Covenant
The Chamber of Justice is the interpreter of the Covenant. In important matters of review, they will convene as a tribunal consisting of the Justicar, Right Hand of Justice and Left Hand of Justice to offer the final interpretation and set precedents.
In practice the Chamber interprets the Covenant much as any governmental court interprets its code of laws. Interpretations have been discussed and decided upon as the Dark Covenant has evolved, and these are used by the Chamber on a day-to-day basis. The Justicar is expected to be aware of these prece