"All Beings Under the Law"

The Core Systems Free Republic Department of Justice is the main body of law and justice within the Republic itself. Being the police arm of the Republic, it deals primarily with crime that happens beyond the borders of a planet, or with large cases that smaller planetary police forces are not equipped to deal with. It also provides most of the security for stations, rather than the station itself having to scrounge up security. A major exception comes in for Kanbei Cartel controlled planets and stations, where the Department has found itself unwelcome, much to its annoyance.

Division of Power

The Department of Justice breaks down into three stages of jurisdiction: Planetary, Sectoral, and Republic-wide.

Planetary Precinct

For the most part, the Department leaves planetary law up to the planet itself. The appointed governor of the planet draws up the judicial system as seen fit, leading to minor confusion for travellers who deal with the law on multiple planets: where one planet may have a trial by jury, another might consist of a military tribunal. This is also the level that most Department of Justice agents work at. An agent assigned to the planetary jurisdiction generally serves as an aide to the Provincial Marshal, the agent assigned as the go between for the planet's police forces and the sector security force. While this sounds boring at first, it is also these agents that are assigned when a planet requests assistance in an investigation.

Sectoral Precinct

While the Planetary level deals with individual planets, Sectoral concerns itself with dozens of planets at a time. Each office is generally found on the capital planet for the sector, and each one is comparatively small to the planetary offices in number of active field agents. But for what they lack in field agents, they more than make up in desk-agents. Much of the work at the sectoral level is coordination between planetary assets, record keeping of criminals imprisoned on both planets and in republic prisons, and registration for patents, mercenary groups, companies, ship-trackers, bounty hunters, and a dozen other things. Each office is run by the Sectoral Marshal, who also doubles as one of the board members of the Department of Justice. If crimes are committed in space lanes or on multiple planets, they are investigated and tried at this level.

As a note, violation of mercenary registration as well as pirate activity is generally taken care of by the CSRN, but the Sectoral Precinct keeps a small reaction force on hand for situations where the Navy cannot react in time, or does not have the ships to spare due to times of war. There's some level of antagonism between the two groups, and the times when both Sectoral Naval forces and CSRN forces have arrived on scene, a few hours are generally wasted in deciding who takes command of the operation, and who should stay out of the way.

Sectoral Marshalls

Republic Precinct

The highest level of Republic law, as well as the least populated. There are only nine agents at this level, each one of the Sectoral Marshals. The Sectoral Marshals meet twice a year on Earth for a briefing on the current state of each Sector, as well as the direction they want to push the Department. It's rare that crime is committed across sector lines, but when it does, the board also acts as judge and jury for the case. Every case that has been put before them has been followed with a guilty verdict, and swiftly followed by the punishment of spacing.

Agencies and Divisions of the Department of Justice

Pharmaceutical Safety and Enforcement Agency

The Pharmaceutical Safety and Enforcement Agency (PSEA) is responsible for the administration of drugs, legal and illegal, throughout the Republic. Legitimate pharmaceutical companies must send their product to the Agency prior to releasing them on the market, in order to test for efficacy and safety of use. They also enforce the federal law regarding the trafficking, growing, distributing, and selling of restricted substances. They maintain networks of informants, research and intelligence divisions, and have the power and authority to perform raids on ships or planet bound property.

Mercenary Registration Department

The Mercenary Registration Department (MRD) is a 2-tiered department catering to the lawful contracting of mercenary companies for use, public and private. Registering at the Sectoral level is easier, but provides the restriction that any accepted contracts must, to the best of their ability to determine, stay within that sector. Sectoral tickets form the majority of any Republic use of mercenaries. Registering at the Republic level is possible for the companies that perform their duties admirably, effectively, inflicting minimal collateral damage and with honor. Only a few companies over the course of the Republic's span have risen to be a galactic charter. Companies operating at this level are cleared for contracts in any sector of Republic space, and are liable to be hired by the Republic directly for actions.

Organized Crime Division

The Organized Crime Division (OCD) is the Department of Justice's attempt to put a stopper on a rash of organized crime throughout CSFR space. For the most part, this Division falls almost entirely under Scylla sector's precinct, with only token forces stationed in other sectors. The main concern of the OCD is the Kanebi Cartel, and for this reason they work closely with Scylla's Sectoral Marshall, Thomas D. Bacon. Task forces in other sectors work in concert with Sectoral agents in order to bring down crime groups - they only rarely work with Planetary forces, unless the situation is particularly bad, or spreads beyond the planet. Most planets have their own organized crime divisions, who report up to the main OCD office.

Bounty Registration Department

While similar in idea to the MRD, the Bounty Registration Department (BRD) is it's own entity. The BRD governs officially sanctioned bounties taken out by the Core System Free Republic, or private citizens against offenders. On top of that, they keep a roster of sanctioned bounty hunters, as well as running statistics and feedback on those hunters. Bounties being taken out against someone fall under one of two criteria: Open, or private. Open bounties are posted to Bobanet, run and maintined by the DoJ after being bought from the original owners, and are allowed to be picked up by any sanctioned bounty hunters. It's also possible to directly contact bounty hunters with a private request to handle a bounty - Bobanet allows users to filter hunters based on a number of criteria, and lists their contact information. Finally, the BRD also has oversight on the equipment used by Bounty Hunters, but rarely enforces this role. Hunters are required to send in equipment manifests once a month, with fully updated lists and serial numbers on their gear. Many keep gear unlisted and hidden, but unless the hunter has done something to truly gain the BRD's ire, it's unlikely they'll be visited.

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