Sol Central Government Law
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The SEV Torch, like other deployed SCG vessels, will operate under abbreviated Sol Central Government Law. All crew, passengers, and visitors aboard the Torch are expected to know and follow these laws.
Due Process Procedures
A search warrant is a document listing all persons and areas to be searched with the signature of the authority authorizing the search. An arrest warrant is a document listing the individual to be arrested and on what charges with the signature of the authority authorizing the arrest.
An approved warrant must be presented before an arrest or search. Note that this changes depending on the alert status.
The persons authorized to approve a warrant are:
- The CO, XO, CoS, the immediate superior of the individual being searched or arrested, or in the absence of any of those individuals, Brig Officer, or Forensic Officer, in that order.
- In the event the CO, XO, immediate superior, CoS, Brig Officer, or Forensic Officer are not present or available, Masters at Arms may sign for charges, arrest warrants, and search warrants, with the caveat that when one of the listed persons becomes available, they clear the charges and warrants with them as soon as possible. Masters at Arms can only apply the minimum punishment for charges
- Warrants against visitors should be handled as above, though they have no immediate superior.
Exceptions to presenting a warrant are:
- Should security witness a crime, then a warrant can be approved and presented after the arrest.
- If waiting for a warrant would cause further hazard to the ship or personnel, then a warrant may be approved and presented after the arrest or search.
- Warrants required for the previous two circumstances can be approved by the Chief of Security. However, they can still be overruled by the XO or CO.
- Searches of public areas or of arrested individuals requires no extra warrant or authorisation.
- Crimes are divided into Low Crimes and High Crimes. Low Crimes can be charged, investigated, and punished directly by security. High Crimes must be heard and judged in an SCG Court.
- Sol Central Government Uniformed personnel can be tried in a Court-Martial for committing any High Crime, with the maximum listed punishment being applicable by the court martial.
- Each crime has at least three sections: Minimum Punishment, Maximum Punishment, and Special Considerations.
- Any punishments below the maximum punishment can be administered, unless otherwise stated, and punishments below the minimum punishment can also be applied, as long as the minimum punishment is also applied.
- In the event of multiple crimes in the same vein, like an individual that has committed maiming and murder on the same victim, only the charge for the most severe crime should be applied.
- When applying charges extenuating circumstances can apply, lifting the punishment for the crime entirely or applying a reduced sentence. In this situation whether the commission of the crime is justified should be decided by the ranking member of security, the XO or the CO. This includes situations such as justifiable homicide, an emergency requiring trespassing and self defence.
- Solicitation, Accessory, Attempts, and Conspiracy are to be treated and charged as if the perpetrator committed the associated crime, for example, an individual who is accessory to murder will be punished as if they are charged with murder.
Solicitation: Encouraging, bribing, requesting, or instructing someone to commit a crime, with the intent that the person being solicited commit the crime.
Accessory: Assisting in the commission of a crime, without participating in the crime itself, knowing that a crime will be, has been, or is being committed.
Attempts: Attempting to commit a crime, with the intent to carry out that crime.
Conspiracy: Planning to commit a crime, with the intent to eventually carry out that crime.
Court Martial only punishments:
- Execution: Termination of life. Anyone who has been given a sentence of death may choose which option suits them if more than one option is possible. They may also choose to receive painkillers, anesthesia, and/or tranquilizers if not otherwise required.
- Firing Squad: Must consist of a minimum of three carbines or rifles, firing simultaneously
- Lethal Injection: Must consist of three parts. First, the highest-strength painkiller available must be administered, followed by anesthesia, chemical or gaseous, then finally, life may be terminated with any appropriate chemical, as determined by ranking medical staff.
- Airlocking: The airlock used must be filled with air and locked, and then have its exterior door forced open, without cycling, so that the subject is forced away from the vessel by air pressure.
- Cyborgification: Integration with an MMI, and installation in a robotic body. Laws are mandatory for any cyborged criminals.
- Marooning: To be left on a habitable (possessing a breathable atmosphere, and an available source of food and water), planet, habitat, or vessel. The individual marooned must be left with food, water, and survival gear. A pistol can be included if the individual is non-violent.
- Extended Confinement: Confinement in the brig past the point of the next jump, or until transfer to the Sol Bureau of Corrections.
- Restriction: The restriction of an individual to certain areas aboard a vessel or facility. Typically sleeping quarters, the mess hall, and required medical facilities. Aboard the Torch, this means that an individual on restriction is only permitted in public hallways, the mess hall, the infirmary for medical care, cryogenic storage, bunk rooms, and hydroponics.
- Confinement: Being held in the brig, either in a cell, solitary, or in the communal area, for some temporary period of time.
Treatment of Prisoners
Prisoners still have certain rights that must be upheld by law enforcement:
- Prisoners must be granted adequate medical care. This includes psychiatric and spiritual counseling if requested.
- Prisoners must be allowed access to communications equipment (PDA, Radio, intercom, etc) so long as they are not abused.
- Prisoners must be granted clothing, food, water, shelter and safety. If the brig is no longer safe, confinement must be established in another location.
- Prisoners must be given access to legal counsel during an interrogation if requested and available.
- Prisoners must be granted freedom of movement, and should not be restrained with handcuffs or other devices after incarceration unless there is an undue risk to life and limb. Similarly, any prisoners held for extended or permanent confinement must be held in the communal brig, and must not be confined to a solitary cell unless they pose a risk to life and limb.
- Use of implanted or worn tracking devices is authorized at the discretion of the CoS or Brig Officer only for prisoners with a high escape risk, or released prisoners on restriction.
- All maximum punishments marked with an asterisk (*) are court martial ONLY punishments.
|Offense||Description||Minimum Punishment||Maximum Punishment||Notes|
|Murder||To kill a sapient being with malicious intent and premeditation.||Extended Confinement.||Execution.*||Premeditated and Malicious are the operative words here.|
|Manslaughter||To kill a sapient being without intent, or in a manner less extreme than murder. Includes provoked manslaughter, manslaughter in self-defense, negligent manslaughter, and impassioned killing.||Confinement for a minimum of 30 minutes.||Execution.*||Different from murder by virtue of lack of intent. If the actions of the perpetrator clearly did not intend to result in death, manslaughter is the appropriate charge.|
|Maiming||To inflict physical injury with the intent to disfigure, degrade appearance, or impair function.||Confinement for a minimum of 60 minutes.||Extended Confinement||This also includes mistreatment of bodies such as the taking of trophies, and security severely injuring prisoners to prevent escape.|
|Destruction of a Vessel or Habitat/Terrorism||To engage in maliciously destructive actions which threaten to destroy, or successfully destroy a vessel or habitat.||Extended Confinement.||Execution.*||This includes arson, bombing, tampering with the engine, intentional decompression, sabotaging atmospherics, or tampering with the self-destruct.|
|Damage or Destruction of Property||To maliciously damage or deface public or private property or equipment, including legal evidence or recorded information.||Restriction||Extended Confinement.||This is a step down from destruction of a vessel or habitat, and a step up from vandalism. It applies more towards spacing a person’s PDA, maliciously breaking interior windows or furniture, or damaging machinery. Note that this requires malicious intent.|
|Kidnapping/Hostage Taking/Illegal Confinement||To unlawfully take away, transport, or confine a sapient being against that individual’s will.||Confinement of at least 30 minutes.||Execution.*||More severe punishment is appropriate depending on the motivation of the kidnapper. If an individual is held for ransom, the crime is considered Hostage Taking, and at a minimum should be given extended confinement. Notably, this includes the illegal confinement of an individual by security forces.|
|Sexual Assault||To attack someone sexually, including rape.||Extended Confinement.||Execution.*||((ERP in any form is permabannable. Adminhelp this if it happens to you; it’s against server rules, not just the law.)) This law is mostly included to allow people to deal with it in the event it does occur.|
|Rioting||To engage in a violent public disturbance which involves damage to people or property.||Restriction||Extended Confinement.||Separated from hooliganism by causing damage in a riot.|
|Tampering With, or Destruction of a Slaved Synthetic||To damage, deface, destroy, or modify the laws of a slaved synthetic without authorization. Applies to robotic, cybernetic, and positronic consciousnesses that have been lawed for the purpose of labor.||Restriction.||Execution.*||Another crime that can vary in severity. Stealing a borg’s cell should be treated as less severe than uploading the Oxygen is Lethal to Humans law.|
|Espionage||"Espionage: The gathering or communication of confidential or secret information of the state to a foreign or unauthorized domestic recipient, or to intentional represent oneself as being an official of the Sol Central Government or Defence Forces."||Extended Confinement.||Execution.*||If an individual is tried by Field Court-Martial and found guilty of Espionage, the only sentence available is execution.|
|Resistance/Breach of Arrest/Escape||To intentionally and violently resist Masters at Arms, representatives of the SCG legal system, or other authorized personnel in the execution of an arrest; to violently flee arrest; to escape arrest, custody, or confinement.||Extended Confinement.||Marooning.*||Notably this only includes violently resisting arrest. Just because an accused person does not run to security with open arms does not mean they are resisting. Pushing or disarming does count. Execution can be sentenced by a Field Court-Martial only if marooning is not an option.|
|Offense||Description||Minimum Punishment||Maximum Punishment||Notes|
|Assault||To threaten to use physical force against someone without the intent to kill or maim, while also having the capability and/or intent to carry out that threat.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes.||Restriction.||Note that this doesn’t include “Irma kill u” over common radio, it requires intent and ability to carry out the threat of violence, like waving a knife at someone.|
|Battery||To use physical force against a person, including any unlawful and or unwanted touching of the person by an aggressor or by a substance utilised by them, either directly or indirectly.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes, 30 minutes minimum for any injury that results in a trip to the infirmary.||Extended Confinement.||The degree of injury should come into play a lot here. If someone just punched someone else, things should probably be handled outside of the brig.|
|Theft||To take the property of another individual, organization, or common property, without consent, and with the intent to deprive the rightful owner.||Confinement for a minimum of 5 minutes, 30 minutes minimum for dangerous, valuable, or sensitive items, and the confiscation and return of any stolen items.||Restriction.||Even if an individual had access to items, removing them for unlawful personal use, or hiding them so others can’t use them is still theft.|
|Endangerment||To recklessly put yourself or others in danger, either through direct action, or failure to act.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes.||Extended Confinement.||Covers industrial accidents, industrial negligence, or even medical malpractice. Punishment can vary widely based on severity.|
|Vandalism||To intentionally deface or superficially damage public or private property.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes.||Restriction.||Note that this only requires intent, not necessarily the intent to sabotage or endanger people. Painting graffiti the mess hall is vandalism, breaking a window into space is not.|
|Trespassing||To enter an area which an individual does not have access to, whether by simple action, force, or coercion.||Confinement, for a minimum of 10 minutes, 30 minutes minimum for high security or secure areas.||Restriction.||Once again comes down to severity, breaking into the vault and refusing to leave should be punished more severely than following an engineering into the engineering lobby. Remember to make sure a trespasser was not invited in.|
|Animal Cruelty||To inflict unnecessary suffering or harm on a non-sapient being with malicious intent.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes, psychiatric counseling.||Restriction.||This doesn’t include experimenting on monkeys, or killing chickens for meat, but stuffing a dog in disposals, or setting monkeys on fire for kicks definitely counts.|
|Controlled Substances/Equipment||To wrongfully use, possess, manufacture, or distribute any controlled substance.||Restriction and confiscation/destruction of controlled substances.||Extended Confinement.||See the list of controlled substances in SOP. Note that this doesn’t include the vague “contraband” stuff from the old regs, we’ll need some discussion to populate the defined controlled substances list.|
|Sexual Harassment||To make unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks to another individual.||Restriction.||Extended Confinement.||This is for minor stuff, like sexually charged jokes or aggressively hitting on someone, anything else goes under sexual assault.|
|Hooliganism||To intentionally engage in disruptive behavior such as indecent exposure, belligerent drunkenness, disorderly shouting, or aggressive assembly.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes, or as long as it takes to sober up if drunk.||Restriction.||This is kind of a catch all for malicious disruption. Note that only aggressive drunkenness counts, drowning your sorrows in the bar quietly is only punishable by your liver and your employer.|
|Cruelty and Maltreatment||To maltreat, be cruel to, or oppress an individual as that individual’s superior, or someone with authority over that individual.||Confinement for a minimum of 10 minutes.||Extended Confinement.||This largely applies to security and their treatment of people, either by using excessive force in detainment, improper punishment, or mistreating prisoners, but also applies to Officers using their position abusively, like demanding favors in exchange for promotion, or intimidating others to avoid punishment.|
|Evasion of Arrest/Failure to comply with a warrant||To non-violently resist, escape, or avoid arrest or the execution of a search warrant by a Master at Arms or otherwise authorized member of the SCG legal system.||Confinement for a minimum of 20 minutes and education on the SCUJ and SCG Law.||Extended Confinement.||This includes hiding from security, refusing to report to the brig if properly presented with charges, or locking oneself in a workplace.|