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I support more components of this bill. However, I do not support that justices are appointed by the President. I believe that right should remain with the Prime Minister. If none of my colleagues propose an amendment I will do so myself in time.

This Amendment tackles an issue which has indeed led to some issues in the past and, if not solved, could cause more problems in the future. I plan on voting aye, even if the Justices are appointed by the President instead of PM; for the simple reason that the President is expected to hold a much less partisan or biased position towards internal political affairs than the PM.

Rayekka wrote:I support more components of this bill. However, I do not support that justices are appointed by the President. I believe that right should remain with the Prime Minister. If none of my colleagues propose an amendment I will do so myself in time.

Would you mind elaborating on your reason? The idea behind the President appointing Justices comes from the fact the figure of the President is generally less involved, we have set a precedent that it's not really a political position in the same way the Prime Minister is, which is also why the President already deals with the appointment of the Electoral Commissioner.

Chairman Ashlawn I have decided not to table an amendment to this bill.

With the announcement of my nomination I do not want to have influence over how justices are appointed in the future. I will abstain from this bill and once this legislation has been voted on I will be resigning my seat.

Senators, we have begun voting on the Thaecian Judicial and Ministerial Reform of 2021.

Thaecian Judicial and Ministerial Reform Constitutional Amendment
Author: Cerdenia
Sponsor: Hulldom, Cerdenia

Noticing historic issues with Thaecia's legislative branch which have lead one chamber to be usually ahead of the other, and believing said issues could be fixed through a small reform of how our nominations occur, this Constitutional Amendment seeks to change the way Judicial Nominations and Ministerial Nominations work, by giving the Senate authority over Ministerial ones and the House of Commons authority over Judicial ones. This is being done believing said process is a much more logical one, seeing as the House of Commons currently handles Ministerial Nominations, a much more lengthy and frequent process, despite having a smaller term and thus having to deal with parliamentary recess much more frequently.

The Constitutional amendment also seeks to strengthen the impartiality of the Judicial Branch by handing authority of who nominates an Associate Justice to the President rather than the Prime Minister.

Article I, Section I of the Thaecian Constitution shall be amended as follows:

"The Executive branch of government, also known as the Cabinet, shall be composed of the Prime Minister, and its Ministers, as decreed by law or as nominated by the Prime Minister and appointed by a confirmation vote by the House of Commons Senate; the Cabinet shall at least be composed of a Minister tasked with Foreign Affairs, a Minister tasked with Domestic Affairs, and a Minister tasked with Legal Affairs."

Article I, Section II of the Thaecian Constitution shall be amended as follows:

"A Minister can be dismissed through unilateral dismissal by the Prime Minister, or through a vote of no confidence by the House of Commons Senate. The Prime Minister shall also have all regional government powers: Appearance, Border Control, Communications, Embassies and Polls. They shall be able to veto legislation which has not received a two thirds majority and has not been enshrined in law for fifteen days."

Article III, Section I, Sub-section I of the Thaecian Constitution shall be amended as follows:

Sub-section I - Justices shall be nominated by the PM President following a Confirmation vote in the Senate House of Commons with a majority vote. Amongst themselves they shall elect one Chief Justice in Conclave.

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Results:
Aye (5) Ashlawn Cerdenia Dendrobium Hulldom The Helvetic Imperium
Nay (0)
Abstain (4) Cydoni Emazia World Trade Rayekka

The Constitutional Amendment has passed and will be sent to the House.

Senators, we have begun the confirmation hearing of Rayekka for Associate Justice.

Rayekka

One of the issues facing the Court recently was the institution being generally too inactive. While I have no doubt over your experience, I question whether you can remain active as a Justice. You do appear to generally not miss any votes, however after going back and looking at your posts in the chamber, you haven't participated a lot in Senate Debates. How can I be sure you will remain active as a Justice of the High Court?

This is not a dealbreaker, but how would you have interpreted the current clause in the Constitution regarding expansions/reductions of Congress? Would you have joined the majority opinion in the case or would you have dissented and why?

Cerdenia wrote:Rayekka

One of the issues facing the Court recently was the institution being generally too inactive. While I have no doubt over your experience, I question whether you can remain active as a Justice. You do appear to generally not miss any votes, however after going back and looking at your posts in the chamber, you haven't participated a lot in Senate Debates. How can I be sure you will remain active as a Justice of the High Court?

The simple answer is yes, I can remain active as Justice. I recognise inactivity of Justices has become a hot topic recently but lack of activity within the court is a terminal problem. I want to change this. I understand the procedures of the court do take time, but I am not someone who can sit around doing nothing, so I will be actively pushing my colleagues to speed things up if things are taking too much time. While I am not as active as I once was, I check NS & Discord a minimum of twice a day, more often if I am off work. I pride myself in missing just one vote in my entire tenure in the chambers of Congress.

Levantx, Cerdenia, Brototh, and The Bigtopia

Hulldom wrote:This is not a dealbreaker, but how would you have interpreted the current clause in the Constitution regarding expansions/reductions of Congress? Would you have joined the majority opinion in the case or would you have dissented and why?

I would have agreed. I originally did not understand how the amendment was interpreted in the way it was. But after speaking with Brototh and reviewing the courts interpretation I understand why it was done that way. Putting aside my personal opinion, and remaining unbiased and independent I would’ve agreed.

Just one question from my side for Rayekka;
Recently we have seen quite some attention shift towards the Court for several reasons. Firstly the Court has been accused, whether rightfully so or not, of either being too lax/inactive or of simply not doing it's task (correctly). Next to that, several Justices have shown no interest in continuing the task given to them. One of three has resigned, another is currently a candidate for HOC elections, the third and last member of the Court finally is currently within reach of being removed from office one way or another.
My question then is as follows: do you intent to remain Justice for a good while or generally a lengthy amount of time? Do you think, in other words, you will keep the position of member of the Court, and are you willing to officially state here you will not quit any time soon, for, for example, another governmental position?

Dendrobium wrote:Just one question from my side for Rayekka;
Recently we have seen quite some attention shift towards the Court for several reasons. Firstly the Court has been accused, whether rightfully so or not, of either being too lax/inactive or of simply not doing it's task (correctly). Next to that, several Justices have shown no interest in continuing the task given to them. One of three has resigned, another is currently a candidate for HOC elections, the third and last member of the Court finally is currently within reach of being removed from office one way or another.
My question then is as follows: do you intent to remain Justice for a good while or generally a lengthy amount of time? Do you think, in other words, you will keep the position of member of the Court, and are you willing to officially state here you will not quit any time soon, for, for example, another governmental position?

It is my intention to remain as Justice so long as Congress and Thaecia has confidence in me. I cannot say exactly how long I will be a Justice as you never know what life will throw at you, but I intend on making this long term.

As for future government positions, the answer no, I will not be looking to run for any office in the future. I retired summer of last year and came back as a Senator when the region needed me. I was intending on retiring again at the end of this term but Thaecia calls upon me again and this is for a job I am excited for and determined to do well to reinstate the court to its previous state. I will remain a Justice for a “lengthy” period of time. If I thought I wouldn’t be able to serve the role well I would’ve turned it down.

Levantx and The Bigtopia

With permission of the Chair, I hereby open the confirmation vote of Rayekka for Associate Justice.

Levantx, Hulldom, and Brototh

Results:
Aye (6) Ashlawn Cerdenia Cydoni Dendrobium Hulldom World Trade
Nay (0)
Abstain (1) The Helvetic Imperium

Rayekka has been confirmed as Associate Justice.

Senators, we have begun debate on the Convention of Lausanne.


THE CONSORTIUM
Convention of Lausanne

1. Establishment
...a. The Consortium is hereby established as an interregional alliance between regions with common interests.
...b. Signatories of this treaty are hereby recognized as member regions of The Consortium.
...c. Founder regions are hereby recognized as The East Pacific, Thaecia, the Free Nations Region, Force, the Kingdom of Great Britain and Alstroemerian Commonwealths.

2. Leadership
...a.The Haut Conseil is hereby established as the Leadership of The Consortium.
......I.The Haut Conseil shall consist of member regions’ representatives, where each member region is granted one seat in the Conseil.
...b.Grand Conseillers are hereby established as advisors to the Conseil.
......I.Grand Conseillers shall be appointed through a simple majority vote of the Haut Conseil.
......II.The seat of Grand Conseiller is permanent unless its occupant resigns or is removed by a ¾ majority of Haut Conseil members for actions taken against the good of Consortium and its member regions.
......III.Grand Conseillers are strictly advisory in nature.

3. Diplomacy
...a.All member regions are hereby encouraged to maintain healthy diplomatic relations between one another.
......I.All member regions are discouraged from actively working against a member region in matters of community, diplomacy, gameplay, and security.
...a.All member regions are required to establish an in-game embassy with The Consortium region.
...a.All member regions are encouraged to participate in events put on by individual member regions as well as the Consortium. This also includes events sponsored by either.

4. Mutual Defence
...a.All member regions of Consortium recognize each individual region’s regional government which came into power through the respective region’s law.
...b.All member regions are encouraged to assist one another in the event of a regional emergency which requires intervention through request of the respective leadership of said affected regions.
...c.All member regions are encouraged to exchange information regarding the safety and security of each region and their individual communities.

5. Application
...a.Prospective member regions shall be required to meet the criteria listed below:
......I.The prospective member region may not be:
.........1.An embassy collector.
.........2.A puppet storage.
.........3.Holders of the tags “fascist” or “totalitarian”.
.........4.Sympathizers to fascist or totalitarian ideologies.
.........5.A politically extremist region.
......II.The prospective member region must have:
.........1.An established Authority in power for at least one month.
............a.The Authority must not be disputed or have been recently disputed.
.........2.A law or agreement establishing a governing authority.
.........3.At least 50 nations.
...b.Should prospective member regions meet the above requirements, the Haut Conseil shall discuss the prospective region and vote to determine if the prospective region may join. The vote must be unanimous for a prospective region to be accepted into Consortium
...c.Once the prospective region has ratified this treaty following their internal procedures, had their application approved, and had met any other provisions as set by the Haut Conseil, such a region shall become a full member region of The Consortium.
...d.The Haut Conseil is empowered to establish further provisions and requirements for prospective regions.

6. Treaty Enactment, Amendment, and Annulment
...a.This Treaty shall be considered in force upon the formal adoption of the treaty by each respective region.
...b.Amendments to the Treaty may be done by the Haut Conseil at any time with a ¾ majority in favor.
......I.Member regions shall have a maximum of 8 weeks to make the necessary amendments to their version of the treaty in their respective manners appropriate.
......II.Member regions that do not amend their version of the treaty shall no longer be considered members after 8 weeks.
...c.A member region may choose to leave the Consortium at any time.
......I.Said Member region is encouraged to give a 1 week advance warning prior to submitting a notice to leave to allow for the Conseil to discuss the matter.
......II.Upon notification, the Member region will no longer be considered a part of Consortium.
.........1.Former Member regions may rejoin the Consortium at any time so long as they follow the requirements laid out in this document.
...d.A member region may be removed from the Consortium at any time.
......I.Said member region shall be kicked after an unanimous vote in the Haut Conseil , not counting the region subject to ejection’s vote.
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