Tribune of Truth
|Tribune of Truth|
Tribuna da Verdade (Portuguese)
Veritas et Iustitia aut Mortem
|Established||1 December 2014|
|Authorized by||King of Ebenthal|
|Incumbent||The Count of Iustitia|
|Since||1 December 2014|
The Tribune of Truth (Portuguese: Tribuna da Verdade) is the supreme court of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, serving primarily as the constitutional court of the micronation. It is the highest court of law in Ebenthal for constitutional and federal issues and its rulings cannot be appealed. Its members are directly appointed by the King of Ebenthal, while their leader, the Seneschal, while also appointed by the monarch, must be confirmed by the College of Peers of the Realm to assume post.
The Tribune of Truth is historically the most traditional of the Ebenthali institutions, unchanged from its establishment. Lord Pedro Reis, Count of Iustitia, has been serving as the Seneschal since the court's foundation.
Upon Ebenthal's foundation in 11 August 2014, the country lacked an official court and relyed on High King's words as source of justice until the promulgation the the country's constitution that year on 8th October which created the Supreme Court of Ebenthal composed of three appointed minister-judges which, according to the institution's guide, should rank higher than a Count on the the Ebenthali peerage.
Working for a a little more than a month, the internal structure was criticized by the Conclave lords for prioritize nobility ranking over knowledge of law, to which the High King agreed, thus, dissolving the Supreme Court and passing a Royal Decree, the first of his reign, creating the Tribune of Truth in 1st December 2014. The name was decided as an inspiration to "invoke the truth in law and as law" as said by Arthur I. The Royal Decree creating the new judicial institution was upheld by the Conclave in a unanimously won votation session and entered the constitution in the form of an ammendment whilst the Tribune was being recognized as the country's highest judicial authority.
The tribune is composed by five members: four Truchsess (from Latim: sat in front of truth) which are headed by a Seneschal (from Latim: oldest public servant). They are all appointed by the King to serve life-tenures terms, while the Seneschal need parliamentary confirmation to take office. All legal matters are discussed among the five of them whereas the Seneschal has the final word.
While the Tribune of Truth is the highest judicial authority in Ebenthal, it's leader, the Seneschal, fulfill a double-role acting as head of the institution and virtually as a minister of justice, hence the inexistence of this office in Ebenthal's ministerial cabinet.