Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Ms Christina Nowell
The Supreme Court of the Empire of Lehmark is one of the most important institutions of the Empire, it is responsible for dispensing Criminal and Civil Law as well as acting a Constitutional Decree Review Board. The Supreme Court is outlined in Article VI: Judicial Power of the Constitution.
Supreme Court Functionality
The Supreme Court consists of the Judicial Board Membership which is made up of the Chief Justice and Justice's of the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice and two Justices of the Supreme Court are appointed by the Emperor based on recommendations from the Department of Justice. The Emperor can ignore the recommendations and appoint his own choice and may also appoint replacements for the Chief Justice and other Justices' before their tenure is up.
One Justice of the Court is responsible for civil law, and one Justice of the Court is responsible for criminal law.
The Chief Justice shall act as the Court of Appeal in Civil and Criminal cases. Appeals must be based on the point of law, material procedural irregularity or severity of sentence. Should this Appeal fail a final appeal can be made to the Emperor personally.
The Justices of the Supreme Court will act as a Constitutional Decree Review Board when presented with Constitutional Imperial Decrees and it is worth noting that the Supreme Court is excluded from reviewing Land, Title, Finance and Ordinary Decrees.
If the Supreme Court find a Decree to be unconstitutional, or harmful to the State or a Citizen of the Empire, then the Chief Justice will initiate a Veto Voting Session during which the Decree shall be voted on by the Chief Justice and Justices’ of the Supreme Court, which if unanimous then the Decree will be considered vetoed at which time the Decree will be returned to the Head of State for alteration and re-submission. This said veto can be overridden by the Emperor, if deemed necessary for the continuance of a functioning government at which time the Decree in question will become law, and if a unanimous vote cannot be reached after three (3) attempts, then the Decree will be considered accepted by the Supreme Court.