Council of Justice
The Council of Justice (CoJ), formerly known as the Department of Internal Affairs (DoIA), was a council of three senior members whose primary service is interpreting the RS bylaws. They address the concerns of any members who may come to them, and point them in the correct direction. The Council of Justice also hears cases submitted to it within its jurisdiction. It acts as a judge and presents its findings upon conclusion. The Council of Justice is an executive office under the jurisdiction of the Fleet Commander.
The Ministers of Justice were:
- Admiral Michael Raven, Minister of Justice (MoJ)
- Rear Admiral Gavin Cantorph Kravis, Minister of Justice (MoJ)
- Fleet Admiral Dave Trebonious-Astoris, Minister of Justice (MoJ)
Every self governing group has a set of rules or bylaws that must be upheld in order to keep order and peace in the organization. As an international organization, the Rebel Squadrons experiences the same problems of any society or organized group. As a result, the RS governs itself through the Rebel Squadrons Bylaws, Fleet Commander, and High Command. Most violations can be solved by using the proper chain of command. There are a few cases, however, where the chain of command is not enough to solve the problem such as (but not limited to): interpretation of the Rebel Squadrons Bylaws, repeat offenders, etc. The Council of Justice (CoJ) was designed to take care of these problems under the direction of the Fleet Commander. The CoJ is the last resort for problems/misinterpretations in the RS. The CoJ is here to help Commanding Officers of all levels interpret the bylaws of this club. The CoJ is also used where the chain of command has extiguished all resources to solve problems. The CoJ reports his or her judgement/findings to the Fleet Commander. All judgements and findings are final unless they are appealed to the next level of the chain of command.
The activities and responsibilities of the Council of Justice will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Reviewing and acting upon suggestions and complaints received from members of the Rebel Squadrons.
- Directing said complaints to the proper point in the Chain of Command.
- Arbitration of complaints after the CoC has been exhausted or other special circumstances.
- Informing all individuals under investigation that they are under investigation by the CoJ.
- Executing judiciary proceedings as necessary.
- Attempting to prevent disputes from arising within the Rebel Squadrons.
- Interpreting the RS Bylaws when the need arises.
The Council reserves the right to, upon approval by the Fleet Commander:
- Choose and train Assistants or Staff as necessary to effectively execute its duties.
- Delegate any of the above duties to Assistants or Staff, or any other Rebel Squadrons Officer, as appropriate and prudent.
- Reclaim any previously delegated duty without the approval or consent of the officer to whom said duty was delegated, the parties involved in the process, or High Command.
In the execution of responsibilities, the Council shall take any action deemed necessary and prudent. If a case or task is delegated, the Council shall follow it through to resolution. While some suggestions or disputes may require some investigative research, such research shall be conducted as quickly and fairly as possible. Each "case" or task shall be handled and judged as a separate instance, except where an "offending party" has history of this particular offense. The Council shall inform all involved individuals that they are under investigation so that the individuals may make a defense of their actions. When any necessary investigative research has been completed, the Council shall make a judgment based on the information gathered and take appropriate action.
As with all other Officers serving the Rebel Squadrons, High Command may override or reverse any Council of Justice decision or action
The Councilâ€™s Freedom to Initiate Action
The Council of Justice, although primarily involved in responding to issues, may initiate action in certain cases.
1. The Council may keep an ongoing file of persons and offenses. Should it be found that some suggestion or complaint is frequently repeated, the Council of Justice may take appropriate action to see to it that the item is given the serious attention that it may require.
2. The Council may bring charges on its own without receiving a complaint, and pursue it accordingly as long as objectivity can be maintained.
3. The Council may investigate any member or officer holder of the Rebel Squadrons.
- Provide the person's name and email address as default values in the complaints form