Sol Code of Uniform Justice
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The Sol Code of Uniform Justice, or SCUJ, is a code of law and behavior for individuals in the Defense Forces or Uniformed Services. Soliciting someone to commit a crime, accessory to a crime, attempts to commit a crime, and conspiracy to commit a crime are to be treated as if the perpetrator committed the crime.
Crime in the Sol Central Uniformed Services & Forces
The SCUJ includes both Greater and Lesser Offences. Greater Offences are criminal acts that should be treated similarly to violations of SCG Law if committed by an individual under the SCUJ. Lesser Offenses should be dealt with using non-judicial punishments (NJPs).
Punishments according to the Sol Code of Uniform Justice are divided into two categories: judicial and non-judicial. Judicial punishment typically involves the conducting of a court martial and is only reserved for greater offences. Non-judicial punishments (NJPs) are used in the case of lesser offences and allow the issuing officer or non-commissioned officer a greater degree of flexibility in punishment depending on the degree of the offence committed.
Brig time may not be given for lesser offences.
Any individuals subject to the SCUJ are eligible for trial under court-martial, including field courts-martial, which are authorized during active deployment. The SCUJ is enforced by Commissioned officers and personnel they assign to assist them.
- Greater offences of the SCUJ are enforced by Commissioned Officers and personnel assigned to assist them.
- Lesser offences are enforced by all Commissioned and Non-commissioned Officers on those subordinate to them.
- Masters at Arms should be available to assist Line Officers in enforcing Greater SCUJ offences, but should not pursue enforcement of Lesser Offences on their own.
Aboard the Torch, the Sol Code of Uniform Justice applies to:
The Expeditionary Corps
In the event of imminent loss of a position, vessel, or facility (Code Delta), Line Officers, and those they specifically authorize, may summarily charge, sentence, and punish individuals subject to the SCUJ for violations of SCG Law or the SCUJ. Punishments up to and including Execution are permitted.
The highest principles of the SCUJ, which members of the defence forces and other uniformed services swear to uphold in their oath of enlistment or commissioning, are:
- To support the Sol Central Government against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
- To bear allegiance to the Sol Central Government.
- To obey the lawful orders of the Secretary-General and the orders of appointed superiors according to regulations and the Sol Code of Uniform Justice.
This includes uniform and behaviour standards.
The SCUJ allows officers and non-commissioned officers to administer Non-Judicial Punishment's (NJP) upon their subordinates at their discretion for violations of SCUJ or misbehaviour as necessary. NJPs are typically administered as punishment for the committing of any number of the lesser offences listed below or, occasionally, for general misbehaviour or misconduct. Generally, an officer will not personally give NJPs, instead allowing senior enlisted members of their unit to handle discipline.
Officers may only have Forfeiture of Pay and Relief from Duty applied to them.
Forfeiture of Pay: Similar to a fine in practice, docking some or all pay for a certain length of time.
Relief from Duty: Being removed from a position of authority or responsibility. This can only be applied to Officers by the CO (or XO in their absence), or to Enlisted by Officers.
Extra Duty: Similar to the legal concept of hard labor, generally grunt work for the purposes of punishment, like janitorial work, or replacing all of the meteor-protection grilles. This is what you’re seeing in fiction when some asshole says, “Clean the latrines using only your hands.” Unlike fictional assholes, you’re restricted to duty that doesn’t violate laws against Maltreatment.
Diminished Rations: Looks like you’ll miss the chef’s cooking when you’re eating only liquid food for the next week.
Reduction in Rank: A maximum of two ranks can be removed, once again, this only applies to Enlisted.
Reprimand: Entirely RP chewing-out, written or verbal.
These are the most common NJPs; however, NJPs are not restricted to this list.
These punishments are also technically NJPs, but are less official, and probably toe the line a little. Creative Punishments vary greatly, and can range from the typical “Drop and give me 50!” to other more inventive punishments. It’s unlikely Physical Training punishments would be used outside of a training environment by anyone other than a complete asshole, but something like forcing a Crewman who harassed the Chef to be the Chef’s subordinate for the shift would be more likely to occur.
In the event of a greater offence, the SCUJ provides that a court-martial must be conducted to determine guilt and sentence. In the event a field court-martial (aboard the vessel) cannot be conducted for any reason, measures may be taken to provide for the confinement of the offender until transfer, or the offender may be issued a summary NJP and an order to appear before a court martial once the vessel returns to dock.
The Expeditionary Corps, given its position as non-military uniformed service, has some limitations on judicial punishment. Notably, Expeditionary Corps members can only be executed by court martial if the greater offence is committed during code red. Additionally, members of the EC cannot be executed via court martial for lesser offences.
The only exception to this regulation is on code Delta or in other situations where summary justice may be authorized.
Unlike the crimes outlined under Sol Gov Law, punishment for these offenses are up to the punishing officer or court-martial. Greater Offenses should be punished by a court-martial, unless doing so is not a feasible option, in which case confinement until transfer is usually the best option, alongside any NJPs as appropriate. Lesser Offenses CAN be tried by a court-martial, but it’s suggested that they be dealt with via NJPs.
Greater offences (Court Martial) are in red. Lesser Offences (NJP) are not.
|Abandonment of Duty||To abandon a post or Duty without permission, without the intention of returning.||Fairly serious, if committed during lower alerts, confinement until transfer is appropriate. If committed during an attack, or high alert, execution is not uncalled for.
This also applies to members of Security drinking alcohol on duty as well as crew purposefully aiding hostiles during an attack.
|Assaulting or Disobeying an Officer||To directly disobey a lawful command given by an Officer, or to attack them while they are carrying out their duties (Which is pretty much all the time, does not apply when security has to arrest an Officer).||Can only be applied to Enlisted, depending on the severity, confinement until transfer may be appropriate, otherwise brig time tends to suffice.|
|Mutiny/Sedition||To openly oppose, seek to radically change, or overthrow a lawful authority. To promote insurrection against the lawful order through speech, organization, or overt actions.||If found guilty of mutiny, execution is the standard course of action unless there are major extenuating circumstances. This charge applies to crew attempting to overthrow the government/command of a vessel.|
|Absence Without Leave (AWoL)||To be absent from, or leave a place of duty without authorization.||Distinct from Desertion because someone who is AWoL intends to return, or did not intend to miss duty.|
|GA or CU||General Article (enlisted) or Conduct Unbecoming (officers). To commit conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline or to commit conduct unbecoming of an officer.||Basically, the charge applied when they haven’t technically broken a rule, but you know they’re doing something wrong, or they're an officer acting unprofessionally. This also covers fraternisation, which is forming an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.|
|Insubordination||To knowingly disobey an order given by a superior.||Disobeying orders given by superiors that aren’t Officers, or being uppity to superiors.|
|Failure to Obey an Order, Procedure or Regulation||To fail to obey or follow an official regulation or order.||This includes Uniform Regs/Conduct as well as Arrest/Trial procedure and more importantly includes Obeying an Unlawful Order. Note that unlike Disobeying an Officer, an offender does not need wilful intent to violate this article. This also includes failing to accept and receive medical treatment.|
|Mishandling and Negligent Use of Equipment||To, through negligence or intent, misuse dangerous equipment in a manner that could harm others, sell or lose SCG property or fail to properly secure dangerous equipment.||Don't shoot mice with a laser pistol or play with captured hostile gear or sell your department equipment to the trader.|