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The Royal Courts

History: While law has always been an important pillar of Chail, the organized form that we know today wasn't realized until roughly 800 years ago under the rule of King Thorvil the Long. The king instituted the system of judges as the ultimate arbitrators of the law. At the beginning each city or village had but one judge who took a number of assistants to aid him in his duties. At 210 AL the system was expanded with multiple judges being in charge of the same territory depending on its size. At 0240 AL Kedeach sponsored the construction of the High Halls of Justice in Chail-Anden, which was finished just in time for the king's death. At the king's death the judges in cooperation with the Lancers struggled to maintain justice as best they could. The system, eventually, evolved and survived. As the judges decided that it was now impossible to maintain the rule of law over all Etaria the efforts were focused on Chail, efforts that were largely successful. When Elvamir Dy'ness broke the seal of Castle Larelac 0897 AL the Royal Courts had the shape and function which it has today. Though the Courts can technically act on even level with the Council the entire institution is beholden to the king. The courts serve as an extension of the king's will, since it is not realistic for a monarch to judge personally in every matter of justice. In that regard, under some monarch the court has had a more expanded role, under others it has been more toned down, depending on personal taste. The monarch is, however, never accountable before the courts. A king or queen can not be judged by the courts, can remove or instate the high judge or any lower positions at will and can opt to interfere with the work of the courts.

The authority of the courts comes from the monarch, and as such they are servants to the monarch and can not countermand or act against the king or queen. The courts do, however, have the authority to judge any other citizen of Chail, from the lowest beggar to the highest lord.

Location: The Royal Courts are based in the Halls of High Justice in Chail-Anden. It is a magnificent structure, fashioned entirely from white stone. The Halls contain both the court rooms themselves, with varying sizes depending on the crime in question. The High Court, the largest court room, is reserved for only the most serious and important crimes, crimes like high treason or where the high nobility or royal line is involved. For lesser crimes there is a number of smaller rooms. The Halls also include the offices and private working spaces of the judges, situated on the top floor and giving absolute calm and working peace. The Judicial Archives lie on the bottom floor, they contain copies of every single official document, protocol, text of law and the like that has been written in the history of Chail. They are also easy to peruse, making it easy for citizens to learn the word of the law. Below the archives lie the Judicial Vaults, containing the original text. Access there is, quite naturally, restricted.

Structure:The structure of the Royal Courts are ultimately about rank. A system of ranks and positions have evolved over the centuries to make sure that the law is implemented as swiftly and correctly as possible. There are numerous servants at the courts which is not mentioned here. Other positions of note are, from the lowest to the highest:

Archivists - Maintaining the Judicial Archives and making copies when needed, the archivists are, theoretically, in the lowest rank. They are, however, highly valued for their great knowledge over the written laws. The archivists' authority begin and end in the archives. They assist those who seek knowledge therein and are also allowed into the Vaults to make copies of original works when the previous copies have become too worn or too few.

The Judicial Guard - A special division of the guardsmen of Chail, their sole duty is maintaining order in the High Halls of Justice and safeguarding the judges and assistants when necessary.

Assistants - At times this has not been an official position. At this time, however, the Assistants has been recognized for the functions they provide. They work under judges and perform a wide variety of work for them. Most assistants are scribes, secretaries and the like. But some judges keep investigators, warriors or even priests and magi as assistants, depending on the judge's needs. Also, the number of assistants per judge varies. Some keeps only one, while others have a veritable coterie of assistants working under him.

Judges - One of the most esteemed positions in all of Chail, a judge is responsible for deciding whether an accused is guilty or innocent. They are valued for their wisdom, even-handedness and good judgement. The judges are assigned to particular areas, larger areas have more judges. For example, Chail-Anden has as much as twelve judges whereas the Chail lowlands have but two. A judge is recommended by his predecessor or another judge but chosen by the Council. The position is for life and a judge is only accountable to the Council and the King.

The High Judge - The most senior judiciary official in Chail. The High Judge coordinates the work of the Royal Courts as a whole, makes sure that the works of his subordinates follows the prescribed laws and manages the resources of the Royal Courts as a whole. When he do act as judge it is only in the most serious high-profile matters where justice must remain beyond all doubt.

There is a certain uniform for the ranks in the Royal Courts as well.
Archivists - Black robes with a silver crest of the scales of justice on the back.
Judicial Guards - White tabbards with the scales of justice in gold on the chest. Otherwise the standard armor of the guardsmen.
Assistants - Short jackets in red and gold
Judges - Long coats in red and gold, signet ring with the scales of justice
High judge - Long Coat in Black and gold, signet ring with the scales of justice

Regarding titles the Royal Courts are not fanatics, but a certain level of politeness is expected. So in that case there is certain titles that are observed.

Archivists - Master/Mistress
Judicial Guard - Sir/Madam
Assistants - Sir/Madam
Judges - Your excellency/Your honor
High Judge - Lord/Lady, Most Revered Excellency (only in formal situations, or in court)


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Emperors of Tyran
The First Gypsy King
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Kingdom of Finerd
King Larelac
The Pillar of Thorns
Priminsulae and the City-State of Cythia
The Rise and Fall of a King
The Royal Courts of Chail
The Search for the Heir
A Short History of the Kings and Queens of Chail
Tol’eska Elven City-State of Zenegral
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The Bitter Pole – The World’s Crown
The Bitter Sea
A Bull’s Tale
The Deep Sea
Dragon Settlements
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Empire of Tyran
Fort Avium
The Frozen North
Founding of the Khazad Chail Stronghold
Genocise
Goldhaven
Gwaen and the Tendril Forests
A History of the Chail Mountains and the Kalanon Stronghold
A History of Talanon and the Rheav Islands
Home – the Halfling Homeland
Isle of Mists
Isaac’s Lament
The Isle of Tears
Immortal Lizard
Kingdom of Finerd
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Lith’nórë – Ash’s Kingdom
Legends of Fallen Kyr’djrak
Menthor’s Temple
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Myths of Genocise
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North Etaric Forest - A Dark Return
Of Emerald Wood vale, Eliath Alesse and the Elven Houses
Orbben Dumoas – the Forgotten City
The Planes of Caenyr
Port Talboria
Priminsulae and the City-State of Cythia
The Royal Courts of Chail
The Ruins and the Lost Temple City of Baetor
Syrenae -The Underwater City
Thrand’s Silver Mine
Tol’eska Elven City-State of Zenegral
Tome of Fallen Mount
Trencholme and its Citizens
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