In the contemporary era, the Romulan courts are broken into 3 levels: local, planetary, and system. The ortaim over see these trials without a jury, though publicly elected public defenders stand in defense of charges brought up by the authorities.
- Note: Prior to 2398 the Tal Shiar sometimes stood in either defense of the individual, or in second of the authorities. Especially in matters of loyalty to the Empire. However, the Tal Shiar have since ended their involvement in local judicial affairs since the reign of Praetor tr'AAnikh.
The runners of the Imperial court's system are the Ortaims. They serve as the judge and jury- with cross-examination suppled by an adjutant from local or planetary authorities and a defendant chosen by the people of the kaisu (district).
Vaek`Ortaim (High Justice: Upper courts)
Dais`Ortaim (Chief Justice: Middle courts)
Ortaim (Justice: either in training or in charge of a lower court)
Allhka (Police Equivalent: Work with both the courts and the authorities)
The Valaere are the strong arms of the Romulan Judicial System. They serve as traveling judges who can be assigned to specific regions or are regionless and able to travel to ferret out the opponents of the Empire. Valaere are, aside from the Tal Shiar, the only force allowed to conduct investigations on the Ortaim or Senators. The Inquisitors themselves are only subject to investigation by the Tal Shiar or Praetorate.
Vaek`Valaere (Grand Inquisitor: Free to hunt throughout the Empire)
Dais`Valaere (High Inquisitor: Bound to a Region of the Empire)
Valaere (Inquisitor: Usually bound to a planet)
Iurret (The executioner)
Romulan Statement of Rights
As the basic treatise of Rihannsu law, let it be proclaimed that all citizens are created equal in honorable potential. All retain the basic freedom to treat and be treated according to their relative merit.
The Shiar ih'Saeihr Rihan (Romulan Star Empire) grants its citizens the following basic honorable freedoms:
- 1. The right of procreation.
- 2. The right to own property and to manage it as necessary.
- 3. The right to commit honorable suicide.
- 4. The right to commerce, subject to the needs of the Empire.
- 5. The right to present a defense in a publicly recorded trial, aside from a public defender, before the Orataim.
- 6. The right to apprehend and charge as a private citizen, any criminal or enemy of the Republic.
- 7. The right to bear arms, for defense or sign of status, in public and in private.