Court of Madrid

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Court of Madrid
Front of the Courthouse
Front of the Courthouse
Built: March 2023
Builders: Buddha
Type: Government Building

The Court of Madrid is the Courthouse of Madrid and the entirely of the Kingdom of Spain. The courthouse is the first for Spain and has jurisdiction of civil and criminal cases within Spain. The courthouse my be used for matters that take place outside the Kingdom, as long as that jurisdiction doesn't have their own judicial system and have approval from The Crown these cases have no effect on Spanish Case Law.


Trail Court[edit]

Trail Courtroom

Trails in the Kingdom of Spain are held in front of a single Judge, as such the trail room has less space for moving around. The trail room is where facts of the case are laid out, started by the state or plaintiff. Trails may or may not have spectators at the digression of the presiding Judge, if spectators are not allowed only those called in the case and legal representation are allowed to be in the room. At the beginning of each hearing, if there is a defendant, the charges or allegations are told to the defendant. Defendants are allowed to represent themselves, or have legal counsel but that have no right for legal counsel by the state. Defendants after being informed, at least in-game, of date and time for their court appearance or ability to schedule a court appearance must show up. Failure to appear my lead to more penalties but cases can be tried in Absentia.

When a defendant initially appears in court the judge will read the charges and then be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads guilty then it will go to Punishment phase which the judge may issue a summery judgement or order a Punishment Trail. If the defendant pleads not guilt, the court my arrange for a trial date or order a summery trail. Upon the request of the defendant, plaintiff or state there may be a pre-trial hearing to determined length of trial, date of trail, and type of evidence admitted upon other matters.

If the defendant pleads not guilty it will start the trail phase, for small matters the court may determine a summery trial is needed and a quick trail will commence. Most cases will not be deferred to summery, and trail date and/or may be set. This is where facts of the case is known, evidence and admitted and witness may be called. After the trial, guilt or innocence will be determined. In a criminal case an innocence verdict will dismiss the case with prejudice and the defendant cannot be retried, in civil cases it may be appealed by the plaintiff.

If the defendant is found guilty a judgement of penalty may be given at the reading of the verdict. A judge or defendant has the right to request a Punishment Trail. During this trail it will determine if the facts of the case and application of case law the punishment of the defendant.

Appellate Court[edit]

Appellate Courtroom

The Appellate Court is the sole and only Appellate Court in the Kingdom of Spain allowed. The Appellate Court hears appeals on cases that have already been tried. The Court is made up of three judges, of which no judge can be presiding during an appellate hearing for a case they have presided over. Appeals can only be over jurisdiction, legality of charges, legality of evidence, conduct of trial, or sentencing. The Appellate Court does not decide Guilt or Innocence, they decide the legality of trail by upholding or overturning the decision of Trail Court. If the court overturns a ruling, they may issue one in it's place but normally will send it back to the Trail Court to retry the case in all or part.

If a retrial is forced by appeal and that ruling is appealed, the Appellate Court's next ruling is final. On a returned appeal if a retried Trail Court Ruling is overturned the Appellate Court may dismiss the case with prejudice or may order a final retrial heard by the Appellate Court with the ruling they give being final.

Judges[edit]

Judges are by appointment by The Crown, Judges can be appointed temporarily on a case by case basis or permanent position as Judge on the Court. Anyone can be a Judge including The Crown. Permanent Judges style of order is The Right Honorable or The Honorable prior to their name. Judges may only be referred to as their style of order or simply Your Honor.