Section 1 – The Judge Advocate General’s Corps
- The UCP Fleet Judge Advocate General (JAG) appoints to, and removes from, the UCP Fleet Judge Advocate General’s office members as they see fit to assist in the work of the court. Two JAG advisers: one serving as Investigator and the other serving as Defender, will be appointed by the UCP Fleet JAG for one-year terms.
- Members of the Electorate are ineligible to regularly serve in the JAG office.
- An Appeals Panel will exist to examine all issues brought by appellants. The panel consists of three active members selected from non-UCP Fleet Command members of UCP Fleet, each with at least 1 year of membership in the fleet. Should a sitting member of the Appeals Panel be advanced to a FLTC position during their term, they will be permitted to finish out their current term, or asked to resign at their or the JAG’s discretion. The JAG will have a brief application and investigation period to obtain members who wish to participate and will be positive additions to the panel. After the selections are made, the three panel members will serve non-consecutive one-year terms.
- The UCP Fleet JAG will choose either the Investigator or the Defender to serve as acting UCP Fleet JAG in the case of their leave of absence. The acting UCP Fleet JAG shall have all powers of the UCP Fleet JAG except the powers to amend the Judicial Code and to appoint permanent staff; any staff appointed by the acting UCP Fleet JAG may be removed at will by the UCP Fleet JAG on their return.
- The UCP Fleet JAG office convenes to determine the guilt or innocence and appropriate punishment of a member accused of misconduct by their superiors.
- Any member may issue a complaint to the UCP Fleet JAG requesting an investigation. All investigations will be conducted by the UCP Fleet JAG office unless otherwise decreed by the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or UCP Fleet JAG.
- The UCP Fleet JAG office is dependent on the timely administration of all aspects of every case. The UCP Fleet JAG must be available on a regular basis.
Conflicts of Interest – The JAG, Appeals Panel, and their staff should avoid situations in which conflicts of interest exist. Should a conflict exist that would reasonably impair the given individual’s impartiality or ability to execute their role, the JAG or relevant staffer shall recuse themselves.
Recusal of the JAG – Should the JAG need to recuse themselves for a given case, an acting JAG shall be appointed by the FLTCO from either the Former JAGs, Conservatorship, or UCP Fleet Senior Staff. This acting JAG shall only have authority over the adjudication of the specific matter for which they are appointed.
Recusal of the Investigator or Defender – Should the Investigator or Defender have a conflict of interest in a given matter, the JAG shall appoint an acting Investigator or Defender from among the UCP Fleet Senior staff, Task Force Commanding Officers, or former JAGs or Staff.
Recusal of an Appeals Panel Member – Should an Appeals Panel member have a conflict of interest, the JAG shall appoint an eligible member temporarily to the panel.
The rules within the Charter and Judicial Code exclusively govern all JAG proceedings. No reference made to any outside rule of law will be honored.
Section 2 – The Rights of the Accused
- In accordance with the provisions of the Charter and Judicial Code, members are afforded a right to trial in relation to charges brought by the JAG.
- Members accused of a violation of these articles shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and no right granted by the Charter may be revoked without due process.
- All members shall have the right to remain silent, and not offer incriminating evidence against themselves.
- All members shall be offered the right to assistance from members of the fleet in assisting to defend them. The choice by default is the JAG Defender, though the defendant possesses the right to seek aid from any member of UCP Fleet that has been a member of the Fleet for at least 30 days at the time charges are filed willing to assist in their defense.
- All members are guaranteed freedom from punishments ex post facto. That is, no member will be charged or punished with a rule that is made after the offense in question.
- All members are afforded the right to use the appropriate appeals process as described in the Judicial Code.
- All members shall have the right to know what charges are being laid against them and a summary of facts that support the charge.
- In addition, at the time of being charged, members have the right to know the range of penalties the prosecution is seeking to have placed against the defendant in the case of a conviction.
- Members have the right to obtain copies of all evidence to be used against them at trial after a plea has been entered, but, in exchange, must provide to the Investigator any evidence they intend to use at trial.
Section 3 – Process of Adjudication
Filing a Complaint
The process of adjudication is started in one of two ways:
Investigation by the JAG Office – The JAG has its own investigatory and complaint powers. The JAG may proceed with its own investigation and complaint at its own discretion without the need for a member submission.
Formal Member Complaint – A member may submit a formal complaint to the JAG. The complaint must indicate the parties to the action, must give a brief statement of the facts, and must clearly delineate that the member requires formal action from the JAG office rather than other action such as mediation. Sufficient for the last requirement are phrases such as “I present a formal complaint” or “I officially request action be taken”. The JAG Office is in no way required to bring charges on every complaint, and may otherwise resolve the complaint as it sees fit.
- For the sake of clarity and consistency, only complaints lodged through the complaint form on FLTMS will be accepted.
- Once a complaint is submitted, the member’s rights in that complaint shall not expire until a full conclusion of the case through trial, settlement, or dismissal. The JAG must give the complaining member notice of the finality of the case.
- Investigation & Mediation
- After receiving a complaint, the JAG office conducts a preliminary investigation as to the merit of the accusation. The JAG may, at their discretion, dismiss the complaint if they find it lacks merit at the end of the preliminary investigation.
- If the accusation carries enough merit to move forward, the JAG will inform the Electorate of UCP Fleet Command of the commencement of a formal investigation.
The UCP Fleet Judge Advocate General, Commanding Officer, or a JAG officer, upon receiving a formal complaint, will attempt to mediate the dispute to arrive at a settlement. Attempted mediation does not bar the member from continuing the adjudication under their complaint if mediation fails. At the end of a successful mediation, the JAG may ask for a withdrawal of the complaint or, if three months have passed since the end of mediation without any further inquiries by the complaining member, the JAG may dismiss the complaint themself.
If the JAG office finds further merit from the conclusion of the formal investigation, the case will be pursued. The JAG or the Investigator will prepare the slate of charges against the accused. Prior to giving their final approval, the JAG will present the charges to the complaining party, if applicable, and the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer for comments. Once a final slate of charges is approved by the JAG, it will be sent to the appropriate parties as well as the range of penalties the prosecution is seeking to have placed against the defendant in the case of a conviction.
Under the Statute of Repose, the JAG must determine the case’s merit, either filing charges or dropping the case, within six (6) months of receiving the initial complaint.
The JAG will issue a summary of charges to the accused. The summary will include not only references to specific Charter or Code sections, rules, or regulations, but also a brief factual overview of the charges. Upon issuance, the Defender will provide the accused a summary of their rights and the process of adjudication. The accused will have at least 72-hours to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The plea may be submitted by the Defender on behalf of the accused only if they have been given explicit authority to enter the plea by the accused. The following will occur upon each possible plea:
Guilty Plea – If the accused pleads guilty, the JAG will impose a sentence as outlined in the following sections.
Not-Guilty Plea – If the accused pleads not guilty, the JAG will initiate either a Trial by Judge or Trial by Jury as outlined in the following sections.
Failure to Plea – If the accused fails to enter a plea within the allotted time, the case will automatically move to a Trial by Judge. A member failing or refusing to enter a plea waives the right to submit evidence or argument on their behalf at trial.
Upon entry of a plea, the accused may be offered the choice of type of trial, depending on the range of proposed penalties. For all charges in which the proposed penalty is a maximum of a one-grade Admiral or Senior Officer demotion, a two-grade Junior Officer demotion, a Letter of Reprimand, one year probation, or a combination of the above, a Trial by Judge will be held unless the JAG determines that it is appropriate to offer the member an option for a Trial by Jury. For all other charges, the accused will have at least 48-hours to choose between Trial by Judge and Trial by Jury. In the event that no choice is made by the accused, a Trial by Judge will be held.
Trial by Judge
In a Trial by Judge, the JAG serves as both the facilitator of the trial process as well as the trier of fact. The parties submit evidence and the JAG determines the guilt or innocence of the accused based on the preponderance of the evidence. The JAG, despite prior knowledge of the case through the Office’s investigation, is presumed to be impartial.
The JAG shall impose sentences with the advice of the JAG officers.
Trial by Jury
- In a Trial by Jury, the JAG serves as the facilitator of the trial process, but a jury of peers serves as the trier of fact. The parties submit evidence, and the jury determines the guilt of innocence of the accused.
- The format for the presentation of arguments during a Trial by Jury shall be as follows: The Investigator and Defender will each make opening statements in turn, then each in turn shall be offered an opportunity for a response. Finally, each side will be allowed a closing rebuttal, to be sent to the JAG for simultaneous posting.
- Following the presentation of arguments, jurors will be able to ask questions specifically directed to either the JAG, Investigator, or Defender and the questioned party will be required to respond. Following the answering of all questions, the case will be referred to the jury for deliberations.
- No offense in the past will have any bearing on the guilt or innocence of a member in any subsequent case. However, the JAG, in determining the punishment for a guilty member, may consider the prior record of the accused to include convictions. No acquittal shall be used in the consideration of punishment for current offenses.
- Upon conclusion of the trial and expiration of the appeal window or the resolution of the appeals process, the JAGshall post the results in a Judge Advocate General’s report. This report shall contain a summary of the trial, the result, and the JAG’s opinion. For cases decided by the JAG, this opinion shall contain an official explanation for the JAG staff’s decision. For cases decided by a jury, it will contain the reasons for the specific sentence and any other comments the JAG wishes to include.
- If the member is acquitted of all charges, the accused member may not be retried for the offense that was acquitted, even upon the revelation of new evidence, unless the verdict was delivered through a miscarriage or defamation of the judicial process as determined by the Appeals Panel. This does not apply to admissions of guilt. Any member that admits guilt post-trial may be re-tried and sentenced per that admission.
Hearsay – Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted. For the purposes of this rule, hearsay is the report of another person’s words by a witness or third party. Direct logs of an incident are not hearsay. In the event that a charge relates to events that occurred over voice chat, the JAG may make appropriate provisions for the admission of hearsay evidence if they determine that there are suitable witnesses and the trier of fact is cognizant of the potential reliability issues.
Relevance – Evidence that is not relevant to the case at hand will not be admitted. This includes evidence of prior crimes.
System Logs – Logs and records received from computer systems, including UCP Fleet websites, are admissible and presumed to be accurate unless proven otherwise.
Exculpatory Evidence – Evidence that is clearly exculpatory in nature by showing, as determined by the JAG, that the member is clearly not guilty may be presented at any time during the trial. If exculpatory evidence is discovered after a conviction, the JAG will present the evidence to the Appeals Panel. The Appeals Panel may overturn the conviction based on exculpatory evidence by a unanimous vote.
- The JAG, with approval from the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer, may summarily dismiss charges regardless of the stage in the proceedings. Charges that have been so dismissed are not barred from retrial through double-jeopardy.
- For good cause, the JAG may upon request or unilaterally extend any time period provided for in this Article.
- The JAG Office does not recognize motions of any kind from any party to a case, unless explicitly allowed by other provisions.
- The JAG must keep the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer apprised of the progress in any investigation or trial, unless the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer is the accused, in which case their rights are those of an accused UCP Fleet Commanding Officer.
The JAG office shall keep records on the members for use in cases of repeat offenses. In addition, the JAG is responsible for archiving and protecting all JAG office information for future reference.
Statute of Limitations – All complaints must be received within six (6) months of the discovery of the underlying event or else they will be dismissed as time-barred. If the complaint is derived from a series of events, the six (6) month time period will begin tolling from the last known event.
Statute of Repose – All charges must be brought forth against the accused within six (6) months of the initial complaint of the underlying event or else they will be dismissed as time-barred. If the complaint is derived from a series of events, the six (6) month time period will begin tolling from the last known event. There is no statute of repose for charges of Cloning
Section 4 – Juries
- The jury consists of one member of UCP Fleet Command and four other random members with at least 9 months of service in the fleet. In addition, two alternates will be selected in case a juror recuses themself or is absent without leave. If the alternates are exhausted, more will be selected as needed. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer shall independently verify that the jury was selected at random.
- No member may sit on a jury deciding their own case.
- Jury members should recuse themselves from the trial if they feel they cannot judge the action impartially.
- The burden of the jury will be to reach a majority decision on the innocence or guilt, supported by a preponderance of the evidence, of the accused on each charge presented. The accused may waive their right to review by the jury, choosing deliberation by the JAG instead.
- The jury will vote on the guilt or innocence of the member only. The punishment is determined by the JAG as based on the laws of the fleet and previous precedent.
- Jury deliberations will be closed, with only the jurors and the JAG allowed to contribute. However, the JAG may only contribute specifically on clarifications on matters of procedure or rules of the JAG process. Otherwise, all JAG contributions shall be in response to direct questions from the jurors to the JAG, such as requesting additional information or clarification from the Judge Advocate General, Investigator, or Defender.
- All juries must hold their deliberations in a medium, chosen by the JAG, that can be archived by the fleet.
Section 5 – Appeals Panel
- The Appeals Panel exists to review and determine whether the process of adjudication and the various rules set forth in the Charter and Code are followed. In terms of trials, the Appeals Panel does not exist to make an independent finding of whether a party is guilty or not guilty under the evidence, but rather serves to ensure that justice was served fairly and in accordance with the Charter and Judicial Code. Therefore, the Appeals Panel focuses on procedural issues.
- If the defendant or prosecution feels that an error has been made, they can write an appeal and present it to the JAG, who will in turn bring it before the appeals panel. Appeals cannot be trivial in nature, and must specifically point to the error(s) made. The appellant must find either an issue arising from UCP Fleet documents or judicial process error.
- If a defendant or the Defender (acting as defense counsel) finds fault with a procedural or documentary issue while the trial is ongoing, they may either bring that issue to the immediate attention of the appeals panel, who will expedite a ruling on that single issue, or (if that is not possible) they may make note of the issue during the case so it will automatically be brought before the appeals panel post-decision.
- Appeal requests must be submitted within 72 hours after the trial’s conclusion.
- Once an appeal is accepted, the panel will examine the case and debate the points brought by the appellant. The panel will only examine the written appeal to make its decision taking into account the deliberation logs and emails, the original case statements, and any other document relating to the case. The panel must reach a unanimous decision to overturn the original court’s decision, any stalemate or lack of unanimous vote will cause the decision to stand. All appeals must be resolved within 4 days.
- Standard of Review – The Appeals Panel must judge whether the alleged procedural error resulted in a change of the outcome of the proceeding. For example, for a trial that ended in a guilty verdict, the Appeals Panel must decide if, had the alleged error not occurred, the outcome would have been not guilty. The Appeals Panel must be substantially certain that the outcome would have been different had the error not occurred. Substantially certain means more than 80% certain. For the review of penalties, the Appeals Panel will review the penalty to ensure that the penalty (i) is generally in line with precedent of prior penalties issued to members; and (ii) is not outside the bounds of reasonableness given the offense.
- If the panel finds in favor of the appellant, the case will return to trial in the method previously specified. If the method is a Trial by Jury, a new jury is assembled and the case is retried, being sure to instruct the new jury of the appealed issues to ensure they are not repeated. If the defendant is found guilty in the second trial, they do not have a right to an appeal; they are immediately put before the JAGfor sentencing. If the panel upholds the original verdict, the sentencing or penalty will go into effect immediately and no further appeals will be entertained.
Section 6 – Specific Articles of Conduct and Reprimand
These articles of conduct and reprimand do not limit the authority of the JAG. The term “fleet proceeding,” as used in this section refers to actions taken under the documents of the fleet, including, but not limited to, any executive action by the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer, any action by UCP Fleet Command, or any judicial action by the JAG office.
Discrimination – No member shall discriminate against another member in regards to promotions, medal awards, praise and acknowledgment, or positions on the basis of real-life political affiliation, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, nationality, or sexual orientation.
Crude Behavior – No member shall engage in crude behavior in any mode of communication. Crude behavior includes, but is not limited to: the excessive use of swear words; provocative speech; excessive sexual discussions; and unabated insults toward another’s real-life political affiliation, nationality, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, or sexual orientation.
Abuse of Power – Members must not use their position, rank, tenure, or any other membership status to unfairly benefit or harm themselves or others with rewards or promotions; or to unfairly influence any UCP Fleet proceeding, UCP Fleet competition, or other administrative action. Abuse of power includes acts whereby a member abuses their power to actively harm UCP Fleet. Abuse of power also includes retaliation against members for exercising their rights under the Charter and Judicial Code to submit complaints without harm or retribution.
Verbal Abuse- No member shall engage in the excessive verbal or written abuse of another, including, but not limited to: insults regarding a member’s real-life political affiliation, gender, race, creed, heritage, nationality, or sexual orientation; character assassination; or unjust use of UCP Fleet resources to attack another through defamatory statements.
Disreputable Behavior – No member shall partake in any action that brings disrepute onto themselves, the fleet as a whole, or any independent fleet, ship, or individual member. Actions include those done by a member, either within or outside traditional UCP Fleet activities and communication channels, that reflect on the above parties, such as: undermining or circumvention of the UCP Fleet Charter, Judicial Code, or policies, acts to sabotage, stealing of property, filing frivolous complaints under this code or otherwise abusing the judicial process, or any conduct forbidden by these articles.
Plagiarism – Members must not submit any plagiarized work as their own. Work of others, including content generated by software or a website, may be used in a member’s work provided that the sections of the work that are not wholly original work of the member and the sources thereof are identified and disclosed.
Cheating and Exploitation – Members must not willfully or knowingly exploit, abuse, or otherwise tamper with official game play or official activity in the form of competitions, tests, or other activities. As used in this section, exploitation means the unsanctioned use of bugs or loopholes in gameplay for the purpose of gaining an obviously unfair advantage. Cheating means the use of any dishonest or unfair act for the purpose of gaining an advantage. Unauthorized use of the same submission in two separate competitions is a form of cheating.
Tampering with Evidence – No member shall forge, alter or otherwise tamper with evidence to be used in any UCP Fleet proceeding.
False Statements – No member shall make false statements with the intent to change the outcome of a UCP Fleet proceeding.
Harassment – No member shall engage in persistent harassment or torment, or outrageous attacks on any other member. This includes statements and actions taken to attack a member’s real-life political affiliation, family or significant other, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, nationality, or sexual orientation. This article extends to cover harassment through the distribution of personal information, the creation of groups or modes of communication for the purpose of attacking the member, and unwanted contact with the member through non-internet means of communication. Harassment punished under this article must be to the extent and of the form that would injure a reasonable person of normal sensibilities; mere mocking does not suffice.
Unauthorized Access – No member shall access, modify or delete content from any restricted section of the fleet website, e-mail list, or other digital asset of UCP Fleet or of its members. Members must not misappropriate the profile or personal information of another member. Such misappropriation includes, but is not limited to, changing passwords or e-mail addresses, unauthorized distribution of personal information, removing personal information, and submitting or processing promotion or award recommendations.
Cloning – Members must not, without prior approval of the JAG, have more than one UCP Fleet account within a single household or on a single connection. Any offense committed by such an unauthorized clone will be attributed to the original member. Matching IP addresses create a presumption of cloning that can only be rebutted by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that two people exist.
Cloning is the intentional creation of multiple accounts to manipulate competitions or other fleet systems to a member’s benefit, and, as such, situations in which two or more members share an IP address (including but not limited to residing in the same household) must be cleared through the JAG, as shared IPs are prima facie evidence of cloning. Any offenses committed by suspected clones or duplicate accounts will be attributed to the original account.
Violations of Fleet Policies – These articles of conduct and reprimand are not all-inclusive and do not limit the authority of the JAG to enforce UCP Fleet policies, rules and regulations, provided that said policies are enacted in conformity with the Charter.
Section 7 – Penalties
- Penalties may only be administered within the processes outlined in the Judicial Code.
- Penalties outside of trial should be applied within a reasonable time after the infraction or conviction, generally 15 days.
- Unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer may, through a declaration in a UCP Fleet policy, authorize UCP Fleet Command members to issue specific Executive Penalties related to their offices, and all references to “UCP Fleet Commanding Officer” in this section refer to the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or any UCP Fleet Command member so permitted to issue the penalty.
- If a penalty is issued without an official judicial process, it will be reviewed by the JAG or Appeals Panel within 48 hours. The JAG may review an Executive Penalty, and is the final say on the legitimacy of the penalty. Any penalty issued by the JAG without a trial may be appealed to the Appeals Panel.
- Any medal, promotion, possession, or other benefit received by a member through an administrative error may be corrected by the appropriate UCP Fleet Command member and is not considered a penalty.
- There are two types of penalties that may be administered by the UCP Fleet leadership:
Executive Penalties – Penalties that do not require a judicial process and are within the realm of the UCP Fleet Command Officer’s executive authority.
Judicial Penalties – Penalties that require judicial action and may only be imposed by the JAG.
Activity Bans – Banning a member from a certain type of activity may be either an Executive or Judicial Penalty. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer may order a member to be banned for a period of up to one month from a certain activity, including participation in the Academy, gaming, Fleet Actions, competitions, or other activities. Any activity ban beyond one month is a Judicial Penalty.
Administrative Notes – Any member of UCP Fleet Command may make Administrative Notes on the dossier of a member. Members do not have a right to view the notes.
Ban from Communications – Banning a member from a method of communication may be either an Executive or Judicial Penalty. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer may ban a member from a mode of communication for up to one month. Any ban beyond one month is a Judicial Penalty.
Clones – The Office of the Chief of Staff is charged with investigating all possible cloning activity within the Fleet and eliminating any clones that are identified. The OCS has the ability to remove clones that are identified within the first six months of the registration of the dossier without going through any judicial process.
Demotions – Demoting a member is a Judicial Penalty.
Disqualification – Disqualifying a member from a certain competition or event can be either an Executive Penalty or Judicial Penalty. Disqualifications may also be made by competition organizers if approved by the Chief of Staff.
Expulsion – Expelling a member is a Judicial Penalty.
Letters of Reprimand – As a Judicial Penalty, the JAG has the authority to issue a Letter of Reprimand to a member. They are generally issued with any conviction by the Office of the Judge Advocate General and signify that the member has violated the rules of the Fleet to such a degree that their record should be marred. The JAG may, upon application of the member and for good cause shown, expunge a Letter of Reprimand from a member’s dossier if the following criteria are met:
- the JAG determines that the member has been completely rehabilitated;
- at least two years have passed; and
- the JAG and the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer agree that there is no future benefit to having a public reference on the member’s dossier.
Loss of Progress – Removal from a member of progress gained toward promotion other honor is generally a Judicial Penalty. Moreover, any penalties may be used in consideration of whether a member is entitled to promotions or other honors.
Other Judicial Penalties – Nothing in these provisions limits the ability of the JAG to formulate the appropriate penalty for specific needs; however, the JAG must document the reason for these penalties.
Probation – As a Judicial Penalty, the JAG has the authority to put a member on probation for a period of time. The following provisions apply to probation:
General Probation – The impact of general probation is that the member may not receive a merit medal, promotion, or position assignment without the express approval of the JAG. The only purpose of general probation is to ensure that the judicial process is not abused by immediately giving back to a member honors that may have been stripped from them as penalties, or positions that have been lost. Generally the JAG will approve those that occur in the ordinary course of membership.
Strict Probation – The JAG may issue strict probation against a member for a period of time. A strict probation has all of the same characteristics of general probation, but may also have any of the following characteristics:
- Prohibition from receiving a promotion;
- Prohibition from receiving a medal;
- Bans from certain activities;
- Removal or delaying of progress towards subsequent honors; or
- Prohibition from serving in a leadership position.
- Time served in the probationary period only counts when a member is in an active unit. Once a member enters the Reserves, the probationary period pauses until such time that the member re-enters an active unit, at which point the probation begins again.
Removal From or Denial of Position – The removal of a member from a position or denial of a position to a member as a penalty is either a Judicial or Executive Penalty. This penalty may be exercised by the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer as a result of the outcome of a JAG proceeding. The JAG may also impose the removal from position as a Judicial Penalty.
Revocation of Medals – Any removal of a medal other honor received by a member is a Judicial Penalty.
Section 8 – Order of Advanced Incarceration
- The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or Judge Advocate General is entitled to special executive powers in times of crisis, when the security of the fleet is at risk, or when a member has become an immediate threat to themselves or other members. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or JAG may enact an Order of Advanced Incarceration pending the trial of the accused which allows them to suspend the accused from all positions within the fleet, deactivate the accused member’s accounts and remove access to any databases, ban the accused from all fleet forums and chat or other related communications media, or enact other forms of control not listed here to ensure the security of the fleet.
- Because an Order of Advanced Incarceration can immediately assign assumed guilt to the member, it should be used with caution and as a last resort.
- Upon such an order, the appeals panel must immediately convene and determine the order’s necessity. Should the panel deem such an order inappropriate by a unanimous vote, they may override the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or JAG and nullify the order. Otherwise, the order will stand until the end of the trial or until the threat has passed as determined by the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer or JAG.
- In cases of otherwise unavoidable, immediate grave danger; any other member of UCP Fleet Command may impose such measures for a non-extendable period of a maximum of 24 hours. They must immediately inform the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG of this action and will be held accountable by the JAG Corps for any abuse of this power.
Section 9 – Removal of a Member from a Unit
- Prior to submitting a complaint to remove or ban a member, a unit’s leaders must confront the subject member with the issues that give rise to the possible complaint, and must attempt to mediate the dispute with a senior leader as the mediator. Confrontation and mediation should be well-documented, preferably over e-mail.
- The leader of an independent unit may issue a complaint to the JAG and UCP Fleet Commanding Officer seeking removal of the member, or seeking to ban the member from entrance into the unit. The complaint will contain a summary of facts, including any logs, e-mails or other evidence to verify the facts of the complaint. The complaint must also detail the efforts made to confront the issue and mediate any dispute.
- The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG will deliberate the facts of the case and determine if there is a basis for removal of the member by a preponderance of the evidence. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG must determine that the attempts to mediate the dispute were handled in accordance with the Charter and Judicial Code, and may indicate to the unit that additional attempts to mediate or confront the issue are required. Moreover, the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG will ensure that the unit is uniformly applying its membership standards and not discriminating against the affected member in particular. Otherwise, if both the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG are in agreement, an order will be issued by the JAG to remove or ban the member.
- Upon the issuance of an order removing or banning a member, the Appeals Panel must immediately convene and determine the order’s necessity. The decision of the Appeals Panel will be issued within five days. If the Appeals Panel decides that the order was inappropriate by a unanimous vote, the order will be reversed. Otherwise, the order will stand and be put into effect. For the purposes of the Appeal, the Defender will submit on behalf of the member stating the case of the member to remain in or transfer to the unit.
Complaint Related to Prior Judicial Code Convictions – as an alternative to the above procedures, the leader of a unit may issue a complaint to the UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG seeking to stop the transfer of a member into their unit on the basis that the member has previously been convicted by the JAG. The UCP Fleet Commanding Officer and JAG may enact a ban if the member has a conviction that the leader proves would result in an incompatibility with the unit. Typical convictions for this action include harassment of a sexual nature, or egregious cheating. Bans of this nature must be renewed on an annual basis.
Section 10 – Amendment
The JAG can amend the Judicial Code with approval of a two-thirds majority of the Electorate of UCP Fleet Command.