Redstone County Court

The Redstone County Court System

Definitions

Attorney or Lawyer

  • An attorney is an individual who has passed the Redstone County BAR exam and is licensed to practice law but has not yet been designated to act as a judge in an official capacity by any town. Attorneys may practice law in the form of representing individuals in court or out of court.

Justice of the Peace (JotP)

  • The JotP is the judicial officer of a town court.
  • The JotP is an individual who has passed the Redstone County BAR exam and has been appointed by a town Mayor and registered with the Federal Bank.
  • The JotP is designated to manage agreements with Special Judge(s).
  • The JotP is required to be a member of the town of which they are appointed by.

Special Judge

  • A Special Judge is an individual who has passed the Redstone County BAR exam, who has entered into an agreement with an appointed Justice of the Peace of a town and has been registered in-person as such with the Federal Bank.
  • A Special Judge cannot be a Special Judge for more than 1 town at a time.
  • A Special Judge may reside wherever they choose.
  • A Special Judge’s agreement can be terminated by the town JotP or the Special Judge at any time, for any reason as long as a written notice is provided to the other party making them aware of the termination of the agreement. A Special Judge cannot terminate the agreement of another Special Judge.

Judge

  • The term “judge” is a generalized official term that refers to either a JotP or a Special Judge. Both may perform the following duties:
    • Judge trials
    • File legal documentation
    • Solemnize marriages
    • Call mistrials when necessary

Trial Judge Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and schedule trials with arrested individuals and lawmen
  • Appoint a bailiff for your courthouse at the time of the trial
  • A proper judge does not ask questions, only listens to the prosecution and the defense and makes their judgment on the arguments they make
  • Sentencing
    • The Federal Government dictates maximum punishments for crimes.
    • Sentencing is at your discretion but may not exceed the maximum punishment.
    • Creativity on sentencing is welcome.
  • Verdicts
    • You are the judge and jury.
    • Proper administration of the law should be based completely on information provided to you during the trial.
    • A guilty verdict should only be handed down if you, the judge, are convinced without a shadow of a doubt that the accused party is, in fact, guilty.
    • You can still be a shady judge and make “bad” calls if that is your character’s motive.
    • The use of meta within this role is not tolerated.  It is your job as a judge to do the following
  • Being a bad judge is not a rule break.

Trial Procedure

  1. Arraignment
  2. Opening Statements
    1. Prosecution opening statements
    2. Defense opening statements
  3. Prosecution presents their case & produces evidence as necessary
    1. Prosecution witness #1:
      1. Direct examination
      2. Cross examination
      3. Re-Direct examination
    2. Prosecution witness #2:
      1. Direct examination
      2. Cross examination
      3. Re-Direct examination
    3. Prosecution Rests
  4. Defense presents their case & produces evidence as necessary
    1. Defense witness #1:
      1. Direct examination
      2. Cross examination
      3. Re-Direct examination
    2. Defense witness #2:
      1. Direct examination
      2. Cross examination
      3. Re-Direct examination
    3. Defense rests
  5. Closing Arguments
    1. Prosecution closing arguments
    2. Defense closing arguments
    3. Prosecution rebuttal
  6. Judge’s deliberation
  7. Verdict & Sentencing
  • Arraignment is the act of the court stating the charges and the accused providing their plea of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty”.
  • Opening Statements are made to the judge. These statements provide an outline of the case that each side expects to prove. Opening statements are not required from either side, it depends on the attorney’s strategy.
  • Direct Examination is the questioning of a witness by the party that has called that witness to give evidence, in order to support the case that is being made.
  • Cross Examination is the questioning of a witness by the opposing party to challenge the testimony already given. Cross Examination is not required and can be waived.
  • Re-Direct Examination is the questioning of a witness by the party that has called that witness in order to respond to Cross Examination. Re-Direct Examination is not required and may be waived.
  • Closing Arguments are used to explain why each side is correct by using a summary of the events that have taken place throughout the trial.
  • Prosecution Rebuttal is the act of the prosecution having the last word, if it so chooses. Once this is over, the trial must move on to Judge’s deliberation.
  • Judge’s Deliberation is the act of the Judge taking time to review the case on their own and reach a verdict & decide sentencing if applicable.
  • Verdict is when the Judge returns to the courtroom to deliver their decision.
  • Sentencing is the punishment handed down by the judge on a “guilty” verdict.

Announcements

Trial Announcement Template: Example:
Date/Time(CST):
Trial Location:
Sitting Judge:
Arresting town:
Accused:
Crime:
Prosecutor:
Defense:
Date/Time(CST): August 15th at 6PM

Trial Location: Example Town
Sitting Judge: Judge joeth Bloweth of Example Town
Arresting town: Not Example Town
Accused: Cri Minal
Crime: Assault With A Deadly Weapon
Prosecutor: Lauren Forcer
Defense: Joesef Blowsef

Ruling Announcement Template: Example:
Date:
Presiding Judge:
Crime:
Defendant:
Verdict:
Punishment:
Notes: 
Date: March 27
Presiding Judge: The Honorable Judgy McJudgerson
Crime: Attempted Murder
Defendant: Slick Willy
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: 2 hours of community service
Notes: He said he’d be a good boy next time.

Trial Rescheduling

  1. A trial may be rescheduled up to 5 hours before it is set to begin.
  2. The Judge, Sheriff/Prosecutor and Defendant must all agree.
  3. A judge can be replaced if needed to make the reschedule work.
  4. A new announcement must go out to alert the county of the change.

No-shows

  1. If the Sheriff or Prosecution fails to appear at trial, the case is dismissed and the defendant’s charges are dropped.
  2. The defendant cannot be re-arrested for the same charges.
  3. In cases of a no-show judge, a substitute judge may be selected from willing judges on location at the designated time of the trial.
  4. Willing judges will put their name into a “hat” and the judge will be chosen by a Federal Banker and announced by a Federal Banker.
  5. Town connection rules still apply, and judges connected to the prosecution are not allowed to sit the trial.
  6. If neither the defendant, nor their representation are no-shows, the prosecution still needs to go over the facts of the case to the judge.
  7. For a high crime trial:
    • If the defendant does not show, and they are found guilty, the 45 minute wait time is waived.
    • Upon capture the defendant can be executed.

Trial Cancelations

  1. A trial may be canceled before it is set to begin by the arresting sheriff/deputy.
  2. The arresting sheriff/deputy will announce the cancellation to the county and inform the judge and the defendant of the cancellation. 

Dropped Charges

  1. Charges can be dropped by the victim at any point for any reason.
  2. If prosecution wishes to drop charges they must first discuss with the victim.
  3. If said victim does not wish to drop the charges, but the prosecution does, then the victim will have to find a new prosecution to complete the trial.
  4. If no prosecution can be found see Prosecution no-shows.
  5. If the victim wishes to drop charges but the law has evidence against the defendant, the law can continue to pursue the case with or without the victim’s permission.

Double Jeopardy

  1. A person cannot be retried for a crime they have already stood trial for.

Mistrails

  1. Mistrials are called when circumstances arise throughout the course of the trial that are deemed improper by 2 or more Judges. In most cases, a mistrial will result in a retrial.
  2. Procedure:
    1. 2 judges agree to the mistrial.
    2. The sheriff/deputy or 2 judges mentioned above are responsible for finding a third, eligible judge to be the re-trial judge.
    3. The 2 judges calling the mistrial & the retrial judge must proceed to the Federal Bank and declare the mistrial within 45 minutes of the end of the trial.
    4. If the mistrial is approved, the retrial judge must determine the retrial date by speaking with the prosecution and defense.
    5. The retrial judge will then announce the retrial.
    6. For the retrial, new evidence is not permitted. Evidence from the mistrial must be kept locked up in the courthouse records room for the retrial.

Immediate Trials

  1. Instead of scheduling a trial, both parties may agree to an immediate trial.
  2. The sheriff/deputy must seek out the lawyer for the arrested party.
  3. The defense can choose not to have representation.
  4. Immediate trials must occur within the hour of agreement to the trial.
  5. The defendant will remain in the custody of the arresting sheriff.
  6. The immediate trial occurs in the courthouse of the town where the arrest is made.
  7. Immediate trials do not require announcements.

Redstone County Bar Exam

  1. Upon completing the exam with a passing grade of 90/100 or higher, a notification will automatically be sent to the staff.
  2. Once this is complete you can head to the Federal Bank to obtain your law license.