Laws of Albion

"To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, so that the strong should not harm the weak."

High Crimes

May include but are not limited to – murder, attempted murder, rape, piracy, treason and use of the Dark Arts

Common Crimes

May include but are not limited to – theft, assault, arson, corruption, false testimony and disrespect for the feudal hierarchy of Albion

Those accused of a High Crime will be brought before a Court of Law, presided over by a Truthsayer.  Those accused of a Common Crime will be brought before a Court of Law, presided over by a noble of Albion or a Magistrate to who has been delegated the task of upholding the Laws of Albion.  As the ruling authority within the Court of Law, the Truthsayer, Noble or Magistrate may afford the accused certain rights during the trial, such as the right to speak, the right to counsel, and the right to call witnesses.

A noble may, if they so wish, set aside the Justice of Lord Drako and instead settle the dispute by invoking the Righteous Vengeance of Lord Solkar in a Court of Swords.  In doing so the noble submits to a trial by combat against a champion appointed by the authority of the court.

Those who speak in a Court of Law are bound by the decision of the ruling authority.  Testimony is considered Truth unless a lie is discerned or a Tongued One speaks against the statement.  The Seven Tongued Ones are witnesses whose word carries a greater weight of Truth within a Court of Law and may only be gainsaid by a monarch.

The Seven Tongued Ones are:  an Earl, a Priest of Law, a Father speaking of his children, a Gift-giver speaking of his gift, a Maiden speaking of her virginity, a Herdsman speaking of his animals and a Condemned man speaking his final words.  The word of a Truthsayer is given equal weight to that of a Tongued One.  

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Last Modified: 31 July 2009