Letter: Judge Johan - Addition to Rights and Exemptions: Chancellor's Council



  • Honourable Judge,

    Please find included in this missive the Council's decision on which rights and exemptions apply to each position in the Chancellor's Council.

    The below will be submitted for entry into Arabel's lawbook. All rights and exemptions have been detailed. Job roles have been removed.
    If the Crown sees no issue in the implementation of these rights in the lands these individuals govern, those being the North of Cormyr, please proceed with entering them into the Book of Law.

    Chancellor of Arabel:

    • The Chancellor is immune to Petty and Minor crimes.
    • The Chancellor may only be arrested with a warrant from Lord Hawklin or above.
    • The Chancellor may only be searched while carrying written approval of the Warden of the Militia.
    • The Chancellor may pay for any Serious charges to be dismissed.
    • The Chancellor out-ranks all but Lord Hawklin, King Azoun V, and the War Wizards of Cormyr while operating in the North of Cormyr. The Chancellor will exercise this authority over the Warden of the Militia or Battlemaster of the Purple Dragons only to prevent a criminal offence or threat to the security of the North.
    • The Chancellor may possess a Penal Legion execution/neutralisation device and may command the Penal Legion in an emergency.
    • The Chancellor may command the Chancellor's Guard.
    • The Chancellor may wield a weapon within city walls.

    Minister of Defence:

    • The Minister of Defence holds an honorary rank in the Militia to assist with liaising between the Council and Militia.
    • The Minister of Defence answers to the Chancellor, however the Minister of Defence will defer to the judgement of the Warden of the Militia or Battlemaster of the King's Army in the Chancellor's absence provided there are no conflicts of interest.
    • The approval of the Minister of Defence must be acquired for a ranking member of the Militia, Purple Dragons or Blue Dragons to be dismissed. Privates, Deputies and Blades are not protected by the Minister of Defence.
    • The Minister of Defence is immune to all Petty and Minor crimes.
    • The Minister of Defence may pay to have any Serious charges dismissed after being reviewed by the Chancellor of Arabel.
    • The Minister of Defence may only be arrested with a warrant from the Chancellor of Arabel or above.
    • The Minister of Defence may only be searched while carrying the written approval of a Lieutenant of the Militia or above.
    • The Minister of Defence may possess a Penal Legion execution/neutralisation device and may command the Penal Legion in an emergency.
    • The Minister of Defence may command the Chancellor's Guard.

    Minister of Commerce:

    • The Minister of Commerce and their assistant are immune to all Petty and Minor crimes.
    • The Minister of Commerce and their assistant may pay to have any Serious charges dismissed after being reviewed by the Chancellor of Arabel.
    • The Minister of Commerce and their assistant may only be arrested with a warrant from the Chancellor of Arabel or above.
    • The Minister of Commerce and their assistant may only be searched while carrying the written approval of a Lieutenant of the Militia or above.

    Minister of Culture:

    • The Minister of Culture is immune to all Petty and Minor crimes.
    • The Minister of Culture may pay to have any Serious charges dismissed after being reviewed by the Chancellor of Arabel.
    • The Minister of Culture may only be arrested with a warrant from the Chancellor of Arabel or above.
    • The Minister of Culture may only be searched while carrying the written approval of a Lieutenant of the Militia or above.

    Minister of Magic:

    • The Minister of Magic is immune to all Petty and Minor crimes.
    • The Minister of Magic may pay to have any Serious charges dismissed after being reviewed by the Chancellor of Arabel.
    • The Minister of Magic may only be arrested with a warrant from the Chancellor of Arabel or above.
    • The Minister of Magic may only be searched while holding the written approval of a Lieutenant of the Militia or above.
    • The Minister of Magic may provide permits for questionable magical research in the absence of the Militia's Arcane Division and will provide a copy of the permit to the Militia for documentation.

    Council Court Judges:

    • Council Court Judges may by invited by the Chancellor or a Crown Judge to preside over a trial for crimes of any severity.
    • Council Court Judges may accept appeals for Petty or Minor crimes and request statements to aid in the investigation into the appeal before delivering a verdict on whether the law was carried out justly.
    • Council Court Judges may pay to dismiss Petty or Minor crimes after being reviewed by the Chancellor of Arabel.
    • Council Court Judges may only be arrested with a warrant from another member of the Council of Arabel, the Warden of the Militia or above.
    • The Council Court Judges may only be searched while carrying the written approval of a Sergeant of the Militia or above.

    Council Minute Taker:

    • If the Council Minute Taker is arrested another Councillor will be notified immediately so that all confidential items may be retrieved by the Council.
    • The Council Minute Taker may only be searched while carrying the written approval of another Councillor to protect confidentiality of Council files.

    Lord of Old Town:

    • The Lord of Old Town presides over Old Town and will attempt to keep order on the streets with the assistance of his Stormguard.
    • The Stormguard are not peace officials.
    • The Lord of Old Town may write a letter of marquee on behalf of the Chancellor to give to the Stormguard. This letter of marquee is only valid for matters concerning Old Town (i.e. crimes committed in Old Town, criminals hiding in Old Town).

    The Chancellor's Guard

    • The Chancellor's Guard answer to the Chancellor. In the Chancellor's absence they answer to the Minister of Defence.
    • The Chancellor's Guard may wield weapons openly in the North or in the Chancellor's company.
    • The Chancellor's Guard may not be arrested without a warrant from the Chancellor.
    • The Chancellor's Guard are permitted to utilise lethal force in defence of the Chancellor.

    Warm thoughts,

    ~ Elodie Ledoux ~
    Chancellor of Arabel
    Sensate of the Succubus of Sensation

    @MrMoloch



  • I shall amend these to ensure it is clear they apply to the city of Arabel, as part of its laws and established charter. However, a few questions if I may--what is the "Lord of Old Town"? As a lord can only be appointed by the King, and I am unaware of his intention to do such.

    I am also certain you wish to clarify that these legal immunities apply to Arabel's laws and charter, and do not seek to undermine the King's own justice.

    I should also remind you, you have no authority over the dismissal of individuals from the King's service, this falls lawfully to their own commanders and ultimately the king himself. Are you certain you wish to enact this into law for Arabel; it shall almost certainly lead to a future legal crisis?

    Judge Johan



  • @mr-moloch

    The Lord of Old Town is Lord Bhaliir. Clarification should have been made and I apologise. The title is there to clarify that the additional rights the Council afforded to him only apply within Old Town.

    Yes, the legal immunity applies only to the Arabellian Book of Law found within Arabel's Library.

    The purpose of the Minister of Defence's ability to revoke the dismissal of ranking members of these forces was suggested due to the reckless nature of the previous Warden, Elestra Thundersword.
    It was to give those she immediately dismissed over suspicions of "corruption" a chance to make an appeal to the Council.
    With Warden Amraphen at the head of the Militia now, this clause is less of a necessity, and more of a precaution.
    If, with this clarification on the purpose of the clause, you believe it to still only lead to disaster, I will approve it's removal.

    ~ Elodie Ledoux ~
    Chancellor of Arabel
    Sensate of the Succubus of Sensation



  • [Elodie chases this request after 3 days have passed with no response.]



  • These laws are now posted; I have amended Lord of Old Town to Master of Old Town to clarify this is not a titled position of nobility even if the current possessor is such.

    Judge Johan