Grand Justiciar


  • The Grand Justiciar, known in full as His Holiness’s Cardinal Secretary of State for Justice, and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery: Corey Smith
  • Permanent Secretary: Rik Storey
  • Attorney-General: TBA

We are responsible for these parts of the justice system:

  • courts
  • prisons
  • probation services
  • attendance centres

We also work in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime. We are also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.

Section (§) 6 – The Judiciary

  • 6.1 – The head of the Judiciary is His Holiness’s Cardinal Secretary State for Justice, who is a member of the Inner Circle §§5.8.
  • 6.2 – No person shall be convicted of any criminal offence for, or have a civil claim brought against on the basis of, any act or omission which is alleged to have caused any form of non-physical bodily injury unless such an injury amounts to a recognised mental illness, diagnosed emotional trauma, or infringement of privacy, including defamation and harassment – though such caveats are not deemed an affront to the second principle defined in the Preamble of this document. His Holiness’s Ministry of Justice, inspired by the United States of America’s position on freedom of expression at the time this document was formed, and by the writings of John Stuart Mill, does permit the healthy critique of political or religious ideas, so as to achieve search for truth, subject to §§7.3.
  • 6.3 – No person shall be convicted of any criminal offence if the one and only available piece of incriminating evidence is a testimony from the victim, unless physical evidence can be evaluated.
  • 6.4 – All defendants in criminal proceedings have the right to a fair and speedy trial and sentencing, if necessary.
  • 6.5 – His Holiness, or those such power is granted to, such as the Ministry of Defence, and military police officers; and the Ministry of Justice and its courts, and police officers; may detain subjects against their will for the purpose of holding a trial, completing sentencing, or for the duration of a sentence of imprisonment. 
  • 6.6 – All defendants have the right to attend their trial and provide their own testimony in accordance to the proceedings, and bring forth witnesses and evidence to counter-act the claims against them.
  • 6.7 – All defendants accused of a criminal action will be presumed innocent until they are deemed by a jury of their peers, or His Holiness, to proven guilty by the prosecution/claimant.  
  • 6.8 – Judges are to be selected by His Holiness’ Grand Justiciar, for approval by His Holiness.
  • 6.9 – Acts of treason towards His Holiness, and major crimes, with indisputable evidence, such as murder, serial rape, and child rape, are punishable capitally, by firing squad convened by His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence. Acts of lower gravity, such as theft, are punishable by public flogging, enforced financial reparations, and usually in the case of repeat offences, immediate termination of citizenship and deportation. Regards such reparations, upon sentencing, convicts will be assigned in service to the state, until in reference to the typical local minimum wage, as defined by His Holiness’s Ministry of Justice, enough hours have been worked to clear the debt.