The Council has voted to ratify the following article detailing the laws of Troll's Bane and authorised punishments of criminals.
Troll's Bane Law
In all instances where possible, criminal complaints will be accepted from the districts as well as within the Town walls.
Where guilt is immediately admitted by an individual for a minor offence, the Captain of the Guard or another Officer may issue a fine to ensure expedient execution of proceedings.
Where the suspect denies guilt for a minor offence the case must be referred to the Judge.
The Judge will decide all cases of criminal complaints for all medium and serious offences, as well as disputed minor offences, following thorough review of the case including interviewing of all complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
For the most severe offences and controversial cases the Judge may employ a jury of 3-5 of the suspects peers to make recommendations, although (s)he will preside and retain the overall judgement.
I. Minor Offences
Anyone who takes property against the will and/or knowledge of the owner is committing thievery. If convicted the criminal must give back the items (or something of equal value) to the original owner plus an added fine to be paid to the Town treasury or also to the original owner.
B. Break in/Trespassing (Private building)
Whoever breaks into a house of an individual against the will or knowledge of the owner, or refuses to leave when asked to is engaging in trespass.
Anyone who interrupts the peace of the Town with hostile, destructive, or disturbing acts should cease immediately upon request. If they continue despite warning from a proper authority then they are subject to a criminal charge.
Assault occurs when one person attacks another with their own body, with metal weapons, or with objects, but does not actually kill the person (murder). Voluntary violence between two individuals (duelling) is permitted outside the Town walls.
Everyone who purposely designs and spreads false claims to harm someone else or to benefit themselves commits a crime in terms of the law.
F. Conspiracy to commit a Crime
Should a person be caught in the act of planning, attempting or inciting others to break the laws and regulations alone or in a group, he or she is subject to the exact same punishment as he would get for doing the crime.
II Medium Offences
A. Claiming false status to Authorities
Claiming to be a Government Official or Guard for some kind of benefit when one actually is not is a crime under the law and will be dealt with accordingly.
B. Obstruction of Justice
Anyone perverting or distorting the course of justice, interfering with law enforcement or preventing the law enforcement from fulfilling their tasks commits a crime under the law.
C. Resisting Arrest
Resisting arrest through physical or verbal means is a crime under the law. Trying to prevent the arrest of someone, or sheltering him/her else by the same means is an equal crime under the law.
Everyone who refuses to follow official orders of the Town Guard or the Government, especially refuses imprisonments, bans or other official punishments commits crime in terms of the law.
In cases of thievery where the victim is threatened to be harmed by violence the crime has to be raised in seriousness to Robbery. When violence is actually used and not just threatened the crime has to considered as assault or attempted murder along with robbery.
F. Threat and duress
Threatening a Citizen or a Resident with violence, or trying to force them into doing something against his will is crime against the law.
Capturing or holding someone against his or her will is a crime against the laws. Included in this are acts of coercion where one purposely draws an individual to a specific location for nefarious purposes.
H. Attempted Murder
Attempted murder is a crime where it can be seen that the perpetrator attempted to murder the individual, or that the victim was sufficiently and severely wounded to justify that.
Selling one's body in an explicit manner inside the town walls is against the law and will be dealt with accordingly. Punishments can include a warning or fine in initial cases and a ban or loss of Citizenship in repeated cases.
III. Serious Offences
Spying for the benefit of other town or organization is a crime under the law. The magnitude of punishment depends on the graveness of the leaks, to which organization/town the spying has been conducted for and the duration of the spying. Always treat the case as category III crime until proven otherwise.
When a person is irreversibly killed by someone else, and it cannot be determined that this was in self-defense, it is seen as murder in front of the law ((OOC: Only Perma-deaths can be murder)).
Anyone accused of murder who doesn’t turn him/herself in immediately becomes an outlaw.
C. Arson and damaging of property
Anyone who through fire or any other means, intentionally damages the property of the Town, an individual, or a group commits a crime under the law. One who causes unintentional fire damage should seek to pay the owner for repairs.
An individual, who alone or in a group, commits any or all of the following acts may be found guilty of treason: Inciting a rebellion; belonging to, associating with, assisting or supporting a group which plans to overthrow the government of Troll's Bane; assassinating a person belonging to or working for the government (or planning to do those individually). Anyone convicted of spying may also be punished for treason, and vice versa.
If the suspect is found guilty of an offence there are a number of punishments that may be recommended either individually or in combination:
Payment of money by the criminal may be ordered to compensate victims and/or reimburse costs to the Town. Typically the fine will be split proportionally between victims and the Town. If the crime was committed against one person then the victim would receive half the value of the fine and the Town itself would get half; in the event of there being two victims the fine would be split three ways, and so forth.
Time in the Pillory:
Petty criminals committing minor infractions of the laws may be sentenced to time in the pillory where Citizens and visitors are encouraged to demonstrate their disapproval through the throwing of mouldy fruit and bad fish. A criminal can be ordered to spend a maximum of two Dwarven hours in the pillory.
A convicted criminal may be banned temporarily from the Town limits for a maximum of one Dwarven week by the Judge.
Temporary bans may also be employed prior to conviction to keep the peace and allow the Guard to fulfil their duty. A ban of one Dwarven day can be applied by the Guard to quash minor disturbances and to allow proper investigation of a crime; where necessary this may be extended to one Dwarven week by the Captain of the Guard or another Officer.
Breaking of any temporary ban may lead to further charges being levelled against the perpetrator.
Often used in conjunction with a temporary ban, the criminal can be directed to gather resources for the Town; completion of the task they are assigned should draw their punishment to a conclusion so they can be readmitted to the Town as a reformed character.
Resources ordered may include lumber, ore, coal, stone, leather, fur, ash, meats, fruit, crops, herbs, and wool. Manufactured products may also be ordered, particularly if the criminal has a known trade. Time allowed and quantities ordered are at the discretion of the Judge; they type of resource should where possible be discussed with a Council member to ensure the most urgent Town needs are met. At the conclusion of the punishment the resources must be handed to a town official and transferred to the treasury within one Dwarven week.
Labour contracts are most suitable for persistent offenders or criminals who have committed more serious crimes. Again this form of punishment is likely to be used in conjunction with a ban. A labour contract will be sold to the highest bidder for a period of not less than two Dwarven weeks, nor more than two Dwarven months. The profits of this contract will go direct to the treasury.
It is hoped that most crimes will be reasonably dealt with in this way although in extreme circumstances where the lives of Citizen's continue to be put at risk, or a Criminal refuses to pay their fine or accept any other form of punishment, the Judge may recommend the following more severe actions:
The criminal is permanently excluded from the Town limits and may be attacked if they fail to adhere to this order. This punishment is only to be used in futile cases concerning the most severe of crimes, namely murder, as it offers no opportunity for rehabilitation of the criminal or provision of compensation to their victims.
Removal of Citizenship:
If the criminal is currently a Citizen of Troll's Bane they may lose status as a Citizen and any benefits that may come from that.
In serious cases the Judge may issue a kill order for the most heartless offenders who commit murder and other serious crimes. Such criminals may be attacked at will by any individual with the means to do so without fear of prosecution as they are acting against an unrepentant felon of the worst kind.
Further punishments may be suggested by the Judge on an individual basis where deemed appropriate but will require Council approval (majority vote).