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Justice Commission Charter

From Transformers: Lost and Found

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CHARTER of the JUSTICE COMMISSION of the COUNCIL OF WORLDS

I. Preamble

1. BE IT RESOLVED as of this day of the galactic calendar that we as a governing body acknowledge the bloody history of our people. For millions of years, Cybertron has been at war. The weight of that history surpasses the ability of any individual to make restitution or redress. This may serve as a legislative finding that retribution and punishment for crimes committed by individuals during that four million year period serves no legitimate deterrent purpose. We, as a people, recognize that were we to require removal from the community of each criminal act defined in law or treaty, there would simply no longer be a community from an individual actor might be removed.

2. IN THE INTERESTS of restoration of our people and for restitution to our own planet and to the galactic community at large, a COMMISSION FOR JUSTICE is hereby formed, to be selected according to the following principles:

(a) Voting Members, 10 representatives of the Colonies of Cybertron, selected by the Council of Worlds; 2 representatives of the Cybertronian Galactic Fleet, selected internally according to Fleet protocols; and 1 representative of the Cybertronian justice system, selected by the Acting Chief Justice.

(b) Advisory Members: 1 representative from the Office of the Chief Justice, to wit, the Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord; 1 representative selected from the governing board of the Cybertronian Medical and Therapeutic Trauma Directive. (MTTD).

(c) Petitioning Members: 2 representatives of the Galactic Council Diplomatic Advisor Task Force (DATF), who will have no authority to vote or offer advisory opinions, but may petition for correction or redress to individual restorative solutions to ensure that restitution to the broader galactic community is not overlooked.

II. Procedure

1. Petitions for relief to the Justice Commission include the identity of the petitioner, a brief summation of their wrongful acts (no more than one page), and an estimated time for hearing. The Justice Commission will review each petition to determine appropriate docket lengths.

2. At hearing, the petitioner be duly sworn under penalty of perjury and will put forward a factual summation of their conduct, their estimation of the damage to the victims, and any suggestions they have as to appropriate restitution that may be made. Each voting member of the panel and each advisory member of the panel may inquire of a petitioner for up to 30 minutes (per). If questioning is not concluded, voting members may agree to extend the time to request information.

3. Once the fact-finding portion of the hearing is concluded, all members may suggest appropriate restorative measures that may be taken, including the petitioner. No suggestion will be rejected without due consideration. The goals of restoration that must be balanced are:

(a) the measure of harm to persons, property, or society effected by the petitioner;

(b) the measure of remorse demonstrated by petitioner;

(c) any prior attempts at restitution or redress made by the petitioner;

(d) mental health or therapeutic records provided by or for the petitioner;

(e) the need to build a functioning, effective, restored Cybertronian society;

(f) the best interests of and continuing well-being of the petitioner;

(g) the best interests of and continuing well-being of Cybertron;

(h) respect for the integrity of the process.

4. If consensus is reached upon a solution that successfully balances these concerns and achieves the goals of restoration, the petitioner will sign a restoration agreement with the Justice Commission whose provisions may be enforced under the laws of contract and civil responsibility per the Cybertronian legislature, with a special enforcement provision through the Office of the Chief Justice, which will monitor and render assistance to the approved petitioner.

5. If no consensus can be reached within a reasonable time, the petitioner’s request for relief may be rejected by the panel without prejudice with an opportunity to refile.

6. If the majority of the panel believes that it is not possible to balance the goals of the Commission with respect to an individual petition, and agrees that a petition must be rejected with prejudice, the petitioner has a right of appeal to the Office of the Chief Justice within 30 days of the result. If a petition is rejected and the appeal is not granted, the petitioner’s only measure of redress is through the ordinary recourse of the criminal justice system.