Essexian Legal System

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Essexian Legal System
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Overview of the Essexian courts.
Established7 February 2020
CountryCommonwealth of Essexia
Decisions are appealed toProvincial, Dominion and Magistrates' courts all appeal to Commonwealth Court.
Judge term lengthLife, or until revoked by Bar.
Number of positionsMinimum of 3
Supreme Judge
CurrentlySupreme Judge William
Since13 February 2020
Lead position endsFor life

The Essexian Legal System is the structure of the courts in the Commonwealth of Essexia. It was created on the 7th February 2020 under the Judicial Establishment Act 2020. It acts as the Judicial wing of the Essexian political system, separate to the Parliament of Essexia.

History

The modern system was created by Earl Jack (KG) in the Judicial Establishment Act 2020.

Following Essexia v. Giraffe Concordat 2020, Supreme Judge William made the following remarks:

"Over the last few hours our parliament has seen, what I can safely say, a great deal of tumult. Throughout this time I have worked to find a legal solution to the issues which I was confronted with. While this has been erroneously classified as a trial or case of the Supreme Court, it has just the same effect. Throughout this "raging Valentines" I have noticed that the Parliamentary procedure, Constitution, and other legislation has been fraught with complications and convoluted procedure. An inter-tangled mess of checks and balances which are made without reference to one another has left me to wonder if change should happen, should it be a change in policy or a change in ideology. My position as Supreme Judge is one which should remain unbiased, but for the betterment of the Essexian people the way in which our parliament legislates should change. I wish Godspeed to the party who would make it so that no Essexian should ever have to wait for the defense or prosecution t search through a multitude of laws and procedures for justice to be delivered."

Trials

Pre-JEA2020

In Jack v. Jamie 2019, Earl Jack attempted to prosecute Lord Jamie under the constitution-bound Supreme Court. The trial was Essexia's first, and ended controversially by Imperial Decree from Emperor Terry.

Post-JEA2020

During the events of the Beige Friday, a trial was held by Supreme Judge of the Commonwealth Court William I of Gradonia. This case is known as Essexia v. Giraffe Concordat 2020, and revolved around the legality of the Confidence Act 2020, which was a vote of no confidence against First Minister Finn and Second Minister Lord Jamie. The Judge found that the Bill was in contempt of Parliament, according to an Act which stated “Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally." Although Lord Jacob, Deputy Chairman of the Giraffe Concordat urged Earl Jack to dispute this, the Earl respected the Judge's decision, and instead held a second vote, which wasn't in the form of a Bill, against Earl Finn. This vote succeeded, like the Confidence Act, but was given royal assent. Earl Finn resigned, respectfully and quietly, according to the law.