Courts & Justice Act 2021

Enacted: 22nd January 2021

Last Updated: 22nd January 2021

Article 1 - Statutes

§1.1 All sentences enacted under any act listed in this section are subject to the provisions set out within the rest of this act.

§1.1.1 The Gameplay and Evasions Act 2020

§1.1.2 The Communications Act 2020

§1.1.3 The Economy Act 2020

Article 2 - Sentencing

§2.1 A sentence shall be considered as enacted when the provisional sentence is declared by the presiding judge.

§2.2 Any sentence that is enacted shall be proportionate to the offence.

§2.3 Any sentence that shall be enacted shall be reviewed by a second judge should the sentence be appealed.

§2.4 Any sentence that shall be enacted will be at the discretion of the presiding judge.

§2.5 All enacted sentences must be published on the "Tribunals" information page.

Article 3 - Appeals

§3.1 A player may appeal their sentence at any time from the time that their sentence is enacted.

§3.2 A player shall appeal their sentence by completing the "Appeals" form.

§.3 A player shall not apply for more than one appeal per sentence.

Article 4 - Appeals

§4.1 Should a player submit an appeal to a sentence, then the appeal shall be heard as though it is the first time that the sentence is being reviewed. As such, an appeal will be subject to article 2 of this act.

§4.2 No appeal shall be heard by the same judge or jury.

4.2.1 If a different judge cannot be appointed, then the appeal shall be deferred until such a time that a second qualified person is available.

§4.3 No appeal which is enacted shall be reversed.

Article 5 - Courtroom Communication

§5.1 At all times, while in a court room, the courthouse chat channel must be utilised by executing the /court command.

§5.1.1 Once said individual has left the court room, they may return to their preferred chat channel.

§5.2 Any person who discusses court business publicly, i.e. talks in any channel other than the designated courthouse channel, shall be found in contempt of court and said individual will receive a custodial sentence not exceeding 50 blocks.

Article 6 - Juidicial Elections

§6.1 A judge will be selected through a nomination and election process. The process will commence, regularly, on the first day of the month in every third month of the year.

§6.2 Any individual may be nominated by any Towny or Nation leader. How a Towny or Nation determines their nomination is entirely at the discretion of the Towny or Nation staff members.

§6.3 The nomination selection will last five days. After seven days, i.e. on the seventh day of the election month, each Towny and Nation leader will vote for their preferred nomination. A simple majority vote will declare the winner.

§6.4 There may not be more than five judicial nominees in any one election period.

§6.5 No Towny or Nation may nominate more than one individual for the selection process.

§6.6 Each nominee will be required to undergo a formal selection panel hearing administered by Eventide administrators. Failure during the selection hearing will result in the nominee being disqualified.

§6.6.1 A nominee may fail the selection hearing if they have received more than 1 custodial sentence; or

§6.6.2 They already perform a formal server staff role; or

§6.6.3 They are currently under investigation or awaiting trial; or

§6.6.4 They have not been resident in Eventide for more than fourteen days; or

§6.6.5 They do not have an Eventide passport.

§6.7 In the event of a tie-break scenario, the Eventide moderation and administration staff will cast a deciding ballot.

Article 7 - Juidicial Assizes

§7.1 Courts will sit on the fourteenth and twenty-eight day of each calendar month.

§7.2 All pending cases will be put to the courts and an available judge will preside of a selection of pending cases.

§7.2.1 All appeals will be heard on the next available court date from the date that the appeal was submitted.

Article 8 - Detention of Suspects

§8.1 A Towny sheriff or Judge may informally detain a suspect for a length of no more than 3 hours, unless the individual's case is due to be heard in court within three hours of being released, in which case an individual may be detained until their case is heard in court.

§8.1.1 A sheriff may question an individual during their detention in order to obtain the facts of a case.

§8.1.2 An individual may not be re-detained for at least 3 hours after their 3 hour detention, unless their case is due to be heard in court.

§8.1.3 An individual may only be detained for questioning within a Towny jail, this will not be considered a custodial sentence.

§8.2 Only an official judge may levy a custodial sentence, and they must do so in accordance with this statute and those listed within Article 1 of this statute.

§8.2.1 A Towny or Nation sheriff may impose and facilitate the detention of an individual for the purposes of questioning, subject to §8.1, provided that the sheriff can provide just cause as outlined in Article 9.

§8.3 A judge may detain a convicted individual within the Eventide Jail World by passing a sentence made at the discretion of the judge.

§8.4 Only an official judge may execute a formal arrest.

§8.5 Any Towny or Nation sheriff may execute an informal arrest.

Article 9 - Justification for Arrests

§9.1 Informal arrests -

§9.1.1 An informal arrest is an arrest which will place an individual into a Towny or Nation jail plot.

§9.1.2 Only sheriffs and judges may perform inform arrests.

§9.1.3 Detention of individual as a result of an informal arrest cannot exceed the limit stated in §1 of Article 8 of this act.

§9.1.4 A sheriff may execute an informal arrest if an individual breaks their repsective Towny or Nation laws within the Towny or Nation, or if they witness an individual breaking Eventide international laws.

§9.2 Formal arrests -

§9.2.1 A formal arrest is an arrest which will place an individual in front of a judge.

§9.2.2 Only a judge can execute a formal arrest.

§9.2.3 A formal arrest will last for the duration of an individual's trial in court and will only end when the individual is either convicted or acquitted.

§9.2.4 A formal arrest may only be executed if an individual has been prosecuted and is due to stand trial within one hour.