In Rulers of the Sea each nation has their own justice system. In the Cabinet a Lord Chief Justice (Minister of Justice) is appointed. This gamer has the authority to make judgements in Court.
Court cases are initiated by either a Gamer Family, a Company or a Commissioner (on behalf of the government), by posting a charge at the High Court in a nation’s capital city. This charge is then reviewed by the Lord Chief Justice to be dismissed or approved. If the charge is approved, the Family, Company or Government agency that is charged receives the form and has the opportunity to write a defence. The Lord Chief Justice can now review the defence and either dismiss the charge or set a trial date.
Three Commissioners are in service of the Lord Chief Justice. These Commissioners are responsible for intelligence and the secret police, but additionally also act as prosecutors regarding the armed forces, corporations, governments and families. Their main tasks are to identify traitors and spies, but also to investigate charges on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice. Additionally, gamers could offer services as a Barrister.
The trail date is set in the High Court and the accuser and defendant are expected to appear in the courtroom at a specific time. They can either appear themselves, send a representative or fail to appear. Public is also allowed to appear in the Courtroom while a session is in progress. If the Lord Chief Justice fails to be present at trail, the date of the trail is automatically postponed until a next date is set. At trail, the procedure is up to the Lord Chief Justice. When the trail session is concluded the Lord Chief Justice can make a ruling.
The Lord Chief Justice has the power to banish a family or prohibit a company, issue fines, confiscate properties, freeze assets, dismiss a character from a position, cancel a contract, grant a pardon or dismiss a case.
If gamers feel a ruling of the Lord Chief Justice is corrupt they can petition the Prime-Minister for a pardon. When this petition fails they can appeal to the Monarch. There is no guarantee the Monarch will respond to individual cases, but if a Lord Chief Justice is found to be corrupt a Monarch might force his or her permanent dismissal from government positions.
Rulings of cases are recorded and can be found in the High Court Law Library. In addition to this, a Lord Chief Justice can decide to write lawbooks. Having a clear system of laws that identify illegal acts and punishments can make the Justice System more reliable, making a nation more attractive for gamers to settle in and managing the stream of charges that are made.