The Starchamber

The Starchamber

Thursday, 30 April 2015 06:26

The Starchamber

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The Starchamber is a Krylos court of law who sit at the Royal Palace, and was composed of Privy Councillor and common-law judges, to supplement the judicial activities of the common-law and equity courts in civil and criminal matters. The Starchamber was established to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against socially and politically prominent people so powerful that ordinary courts would likely hesitate to convict them of their crimes.
Court sessions are held in public, although witnesses and defendants are examined in secret. Defendants are given prior notice of the charges against them, and have the right to be represented by an attorney. Evidence is presented in writing. Over time, the Starchamber has evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the monarchy and its courts.
 
The Court evolved from meetings of the Emperor's Council, with its roots going back to the first days of the empire. Contrary to popular belief, the so-called "Starchamber Act" of the second Senate did not actually empower the Starchamber, but rather created a separate tribunal distinct from the Emperor's General Council.