Common Criminal Code

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Chip Lawrie

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Preamble
Because from day to day homicides, treasons and seditions are more often committed than they used to be, and because felonies cannot be attained by the oath of Jurors, who had rather suffer felonies done to strangers to go unpunished than indict wrongdoers the greater part of whom are people of the same District, and this they do because an oath is not now feared by the jurors; the Chancellor and Caucus of the Terran Union, to reduce the power of felons establishes a Common Criminal Code across all districts and cities of the Union and commands that the proclamation be solemnly made in all courts, markets, fairs and all other places where people assemble in considerable numbers so that no one can excuse himself on the grounds of ignorance and that each District be henceforth so kept.


Courts
It has been proven in recent years that juries and jurors are unreliable. To this end, the Chancellor and the Caucus remove the right of any District to appoint to trial, whether criminal or civil, any jury for the purpose of determining guilt or innocence.

District Judges, chosen from qualified candidates by the Judicial Committee, will undertake such criminal and civil cases as require a trial, being the sole arbiter of guilt or innocence and determining such punishments as may be assigned. In opposition to the former practice, District Judges will not be assigned any one District from which to operate.

Misdemeanours, Felonies and High Felonies
Within this Union, the Caucus recognises three criminal acts, those acts that are misdemeanours, those acts that are felonies and those acts that are high felonies. Being that felonious acts more negatively affect the Union and its citizens than misdemeanours it is proper that such acts are more seriously punished.

Any misdemeanour may be subject to the summary award of Penalty Points by any accredited officer of the Union or automated crime recording software.

Any felony may be subject to the summary award of Penalty Points by any accredited officer of the Union or automated crime recording software or at the request of the Civil Protection Commission may be tried in a District Court.

Any high felony must be tried in a District Court.

Penalties
When punished summarily by an accredited officer of the Union misdemeanours may incur no less than five (5) Penalty Points and no more than twenty (20) Penalty Points

When punished summarily by an accredited officer of the Union felonies are punishable by the application of no less than fifteen (15) Penalty Points and no more than two hundred (200) Penalty Points.

When punished at trial felonies are punishable by the application of no less than thirty (30) Penalty Points and no more than four hundred (400) Penalty Points. In addition, a fine of no more than ten thousand (10000) Union Credits may be levied against convicts.

When punished at trial high felonies are punishable by the application of no less than two hundred (200) Penalty Points with no upper limit. In addition, a fine of no more than one hundred thousand (100000) Union Credits may be levied against convicts.


Offences
Here follow the current crimes recognised by the Union and the penalties the Chancellor and Caucus command for their punishment.

Misdemeanours

Digital Intrusion
A person commits the offence of digital intrusion if they attempt to access, remotely or otherwise, a digital network or device belonging to another. The penalty for such an offence is twenty (20) Penalty Points summarily.

Going Equipped
A person commits the offence of going equipped if they carry upon their person, without lawful cause and permit, any device capable of digital intrusion. The penalty for such an offence is ten (10) Penalty Points per device summarily.

Destruction of Property
A person commits the offence of destruction of property if they damage or destroy, without lawful cause) any property belonging to another. The penalty for such an offence is five (5) Penalty Points per damaged article summarily.

Assault
A person commits the offence of assault if they, without lawful cause, causes another to be injured. The penalty for such an offence is twenty (20) Penalty Points summarily.

Possession of a Restricted or Implant Weapon Without a Permit
A person commits the offence of possession of a restricted weapon without a permit if they carry about their person, without permit, any weapon or implant classified by the Union as Restricted. The penalty for such an offence is fifteen (15) Penalty Points per weapon summarily.

Possession of a Category B Narcotic
A person commits the offence of possession of a category B narcotic if they carry about their person, without lawful cause and permit, any narcotic classified by the Union as Category B. The penalty for such an offence is ten (10) Penalty Points per measure of narcotic summarily.

Handling of Stolen Goods
A person commits the offence of handling of stolen goods if they carry about their person, without lawful cause, any property belonging to another. The penalty for such an offence is ten (10) Penalty Points per stolen item summarily.

Felonies

Murder
A person commits the offence of murder if they, without lawful cause, kill another. The penalty for such an offence is one hundred (100) Penalty Points summarily and no more than two hundred (200) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than six hundred (600) Union Credits per murder at trial.

Possession of a Military Weapon or Implant Without a Permit
A person commits the offence of possession of a military weapon without a permit if they carry about their person, without permit, any weapon or implant classified by the Union as Military. The penalty for such an offence is twenty-five (25) Penalty Points per weapon summarily and no more than forty (40) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than five hundred (500) Union Credits per weapon at trial.

Possession of an Illegal Weapon or Implant
A person commits the offence of possession of an illegal weapon or implant if they carry about their person any weapon or implant deemed too dangerous for any person to wield. The penalty for such an offence is thirty (30) Penalty Points per weapon summarily and no more than fifty (50) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than five hundred (500) Union Credits per weapon at trial.


Possession of a Category A Narcotic
A person commits the offence of possession of a category A narcotic if they carry about their person, without lawful cause and permit, any narcotic classified by the Union as Category A. The penalty for such an offence is fifteen (15) Penalty Points per narcotic summarily and no more than one hundred (100) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than one thousand (1000) Union Credits per narcotic at trial.

Sedition
A person commits the offence of sedition if they through speech, writing or organization attempt to subvert the constitution of this Union or through speech, writing or organization incite discontent or rebellion against the Chancellor and Caucus of this Union. The penalty for such an offence shall exceed no more than four hundred (400) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than five thousand (5000) Union Credits per seditious act at trial.

Theft
A person commits the offence of theft if they dishonestly appropriate property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it. The penalty for such an offence shall exceed no more than two hundred (200) Penalty Points and a fine of no more than two hundred (200) Union Credits at trial.

High Felonies

Murder of a Union Official
A person commits the offence of murder of a union official if they kill or attempt to kill the Vice-Chancellor of the Union, any Minister of the Union, any Councilor or Representative of the Caucus or any member of the Judiciary. The penalty for such an offence shall be no less than four hundred (400) Penalty Points and a fine of no less than five thousand (5000) Union Credits at trial.

Terrorism
A person commits the offence of terrorism if they unlawfully use or attempt to use mass violence against the citizens of the Union in order to achieve a political aim. The penalty for such an offence shall be no less than two hundred (200) Penalty Points and a fine of no less than one hundred (100) Union Credits at trial.

Crimes Against the Union
A person commits the offence of crimes against the union if they enact or incite actions intended to subvert or destroy the constitution of this Union or if they enact or incite violence against the Chancellor of the Union or if they attempt to overthrow the Union through force of arms. The penalty for such an offence shall be no less than one thousand (1000) Penalty Points and a fine of no less than ten thousand (10000) Union Credits at trial.

Permits
It is recognised by the Chancellor and Caucus that the restrictions within the Common Criminal Code may impede on the lawful duties of the Founders, Corporations and Citizens of the Union. To this end, any citizen of the Union who can demonstrate lawful need may request a permit to carry intrusion devices, weapons and narcotics. This lawful need must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of a District Judge.

Each permit issued by the District Court must have an expiry date of no longer than four (4) years from the date of issue. A District Judge may suspend a permit at any time at the request of any officer of the Civil Protection Commission of at least the rank of Inspector.​



Issued this the Third Day Before Michaelmas in the Year of Our Lord 2137. In the name of the Chancellor and of the Caucus all who see these laws are commanded to obey.

Chancellor Edward Angevin
 
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