As a player, I would like to raise a concern of closed door trials which is open to only selected players who basically are nobles or their retainers or someone who have made name or is of some importance to the setting. I personally feel this is not in the spirit of game even if its exercised by certain perks that PC can exercise. I have in my past PC tried to deal with this IC and made sure any trial is open to public and it sure makes all players in the server related to the happenings.
I understand the server is not a democratic setup but if you want to make the court proceedings interesting where even accusation can throw light on the accused and can open opportunities for those lesser and “do not care souls” of server, even open up opportunities for Thug to enter and disrupt the proceedings, attack the judge, etc.
I have seen in the last event, few PC’s were not allowed and OOC it was sad that they were waiting outside the court house. There is no levels to balance here nor is the audience stealing the show of the accused and accuser.
I have personally found this most entertaining form of RP where you can see top class roleplaying cause you are not hacking or slashing things. Please reconsider this.