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This is a question from $tonks (my apologies, I'm unaware of his NS name)

"What, if anything, do you plan on doing about the issue of other justices being inactive?"

Dykataar wrote:Thank you for your answer.

A follow up question:

How do you plan to 'fix the Court'? Please be as detailed as possible.

By taking care of the problems that have not been solved. The Constitution mentions Deputy Justices, especially during the impeachment of a Justice, yet we do not have one. I do understand the issues we are having in Thaecia with filling positions, but I want to make sure that the Court is transparent about that. If I am on the Court, yet we still do not have a Deputy Justice, I would want the Court to say why rather than stay silent. There is no harm about being more open about what the Court has planned or is trying to do. Many times I have seen Thaecians confused as to what the Court is doing. Since no Justice responds to their confusion, that leads to constant questions in the Thaecia political Discord channel. In shorter words, I want the Court to be more transparent and I want us to at least be more open about plans for future Deputy Justices.

I also mentioned fixing the procedures, although I already touched upon it I will mention it again just to answer your question completely. Just to sort of rephrase my point in that area, I want to help my fellow Justices fix the procedures.

Dykataar wrote:This is a question from $tonks (my apologies, I'm unaware of his NS name)

"What, if anything, do you plan on doing about the issue of other justices being inactive?"

Well, I don't have power over what other people do or whether they are active. However, I can promise that I will be active. If we do have another incredibly bad case of inactivity, it would definitely be up to Congress to decide whether or not that warrants potential impeachment. But as a Justice, I will constantly check in with the other Justices in order to make sure that we are getting done with whatever needs to be accomplished.

Thank you for your detailed answer Snowflame, I really appreciate it. I have one last question for you at this time:

What are your thoughts on the following: (a) decrease the amount of people selected into the Judiciary Branch and (b) limiting the term of members in the Judicial Branch

Snowflame do you believe that lower courts should be established? If so, why?

Ashlawn wrote:Snowflame do you believe that lower courts should be established? If so, why?

Well, that is an issue that is completely up to Congress and the Constitution does give Congress the power to do that under Article 3, Section 3. I do appreciate the question, but as a Justice my job is mainly to interpret laws and the Constitution. Giving my opinion on lower courts would be me attempting to influence legislation from the bench, something I do not want to do nor do I want that to be seen as the purpose of a Justice.

Dykataar wrote:Thank you for your detailed answer Snowflame, I really appreciate it. I have one last question for you at this time:

What are your thoughts on the following: (a) decrease the amount of people selected into the Judiciary Branch and (b) limiting the term of members in the Judicial Branch

These are also questions that would involve me giving my opinion on potential legislation and executive decisions and I do not want to influence that. If Congress ever decides that Justices should no longer serve life terms, then they would need to pass a Constitutional Amendment changing Article 3, Section 1, Sub-section 5.

I hope you all understand why I am not willing to give my opinion and the reasoning is to maintain the nonbiased nature of the Court.

Snowflame

While I'm certain of the experience of the nominee as a politician, and also of his activity, I wonder based on previous conversations if he has the necessary experience in the legal area.

Nominee, could you please detail what your experience with regional law is, and why you believe you have the necessary legal experience to be a Justice?

Cerdenia wrote:Snowflame

While I'm certain of the experience of the nominee as a politician, and also of his activity, I wonder based on previous conversations if he has the necessary experience in the legal area.

Nominee, could you please detail what your experience with regional law is, and why you believe you have the necessary legal experience to be a Justice?

That is a very fair question and definitely something that should be touched upon.

Throughout my time in Thaecia since I joined back in 2019, I have been elected as a MP more times than I can count and I have been a senator. During that very extensive amount of time, I have debated and interpreted laws whether that be in the chambers of Congress or through DMs. Despite these positions being "political", they still involve interpretation as that is what creates the framework for new bill ideas, amendment ideas, or Constitutional Amendment ideas.

Even recently, many MPs have come to me with potential bill ideas only for me to point out that certain parts were unconstitutional and I quoted direct parts of the Constitution to support that. When Marv was a Justice, I even asked him to verify my interpretations.

As there are not many "legal" positions in Thaecia (if I am getting correct how you used the word legal), aside from the High Court and certain ministries, it's best to also take into account that the political positions I have been in have required me to interpret many different aspects with laws and to know the Constitution.

I would ask, as my only question, this: You have expressed your desire, Snowflame, to create an "Active Court"; how would you foster activity on the Court without overstepping, either by perception or otherwise, the Court's authority?

Hulldom wrote:I would ask, as my only question, this: You have expressed your desire, Snowflame, to create an "Active Court"; how would you foster activity on the Court without overstepping, either by perception or otherwise, the Court's authority?

As I explained to Senator Dykataar, I cannot control what the other Justices do, however I can 100% control what I do. If confirmed, I want to talk to Justices Lemon and Rayekka and I want to discuss some ideas that I have that I feel would lead to a more transparent and active Court. And when I say I want to do these things, let me clarify one thing, I'm not going to "solo" these ideas or overstep what the Court says. Whether these ideas develop, and I hope they do, depends on the current Justices. This would be a team effort and I'm sure it'll be seen as such.

And if the Court rejects my ideas, then I'm not going to overstep or ignore what they want. But if the Court ends up going through what happened recently, I can guarantee that I will be active.

Senators, we have begun voting on Snowflame's nomination for Associate Justice.

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Aye (9) Ashlawn Antenion Cerdenia Cydoni Dendrobium Dykataar Hulldom The Helvetic Imperium World Trade
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Snowflame has been confirmed as Associate Justice.

Senators, we have begun debate on the Amendments to LR 022.

Author: The Helvetic Imperium
Sponsor: The Helvetic Imperium

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Commons of Thaecia in Congress Assembled, That there shall be added to L.R. 022 [THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION AND REFORM ACT] the following:

Section 1: Protection of Voter Privacy
1.1 The Electoral Commission and all individuals who have served or are currently serving in it is hereby forbidden from publishing any individual's ballot without proof that the individual in question consented to have their ballot made public;

1.2 A ballot being made public shall be defined as the follwing: "disclosure of any ballot information in such a manner that could provide indication to the identity of an individual voter to any individual who is not presently serving as Electoral Commissioner, an Assistant Electoral Commissioner, or a Thaecian High Court Justice";

1.3 - This applies to ballots cast in both elections and referenda;

Section 2: Punishment
2.1 - The punishment for violation will be left to the discretion of the High Court; however, it will be mandated for the Electoral Commissioner to step down or for the Prime Minister to sack them if they are found to be in violation of this law, in addition to whatever punishment is deemed fit by the Thaecian High Court.

Read factbook

I don't like the clause about the Prime Minister being able to sack the EC, but other than that this is a fine amendment.

I agree with Cerd. I feel that the PM should not be able to fire the EC. Therefore I'd like to introduce the following Amendment.

Changes Article 8 Section 2.1 to say:
The punishment for violation will be left to the discretion of the High Court; however, it will be mandated for the Electoral Commissioner to step down or for the Prime Minister to sack them if they are found to be in violation of this law, in addition to whatever punishment is deemed fit by the Thaecian High Court.

A good Amendment I am honestly surprised to find had not yet been included. I would like to add a simple Amendment though, being the following:

1.2 A ballot being made public shall be defined as the following: "disclosure of any ballot information in such a manner that could provide indication to the identity of an individual voter to any individual who is not presently serving as Electoral Commissioner, an Assistant Electoral Commissioner, or a Thaecian High Court Justice, unrelated to their positions as part of the confirmation of the electoral process";

Would this part not be included, it leaves room for such information to be shared or revealed to a person with these roles while the sharing of the information is not necessary. For example, the EC might tell a Justice all about the way one person voted to such an extent it can no longer be considered as a part of the electoral process, or even revealing such information outside an election period of any kind. Hopefully my wording makes sense, I don't know a better way to phrase it, but my point, I believe, is clear.

Senators, we have begun voting on the following Amendments.

Changes Article 8 Section 2.1 to say:
The punishment for violation will be left to the discretion of the High Court; however, it will be mandated for the Electoral Commissioner to step down or for the Prime Minister to sack them if they are found to be in violation of this law, in addition to whatever punishment is deemed fit by the Thaecian High Court.

1.2 A ballot being made public shall be defined as the following: "disclosure of any ballot information in such a manner that could provide indication to the identity of an individual voter to any individual who is not presently serving as Electoral Commissioner, an Assistant Electoral Commissioner, or a Thaecian High Court Justice, unrelated to their positions as part of the confirmation of the electoral process";

Aye to both

Original Bill:

Author: The Helvetic Imperium
Sponsor: The Helvetic Imperium

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Commons of Thaecia in Congress Assembled, That there shall be added to L.R. 022 [THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION AND REFORM ACT] the following:

Section 1: Protection of Voter Privacy
1.1 The Electoral Commission and all individuals who have served or are currently serving in it is hereby forbidden from publishing any individual's ballot without proof that the individual in question consented to have their ballot made public;

1.2 A ballot being made public shall be defined as the follwing: "disclosure of any ballot information in such a manner that could provide indication to the identity of an individual voter to any individual who is not presently serving as Electoral Commissioner, an Assistant Electoral Commissioner, or a Thaecian High Court Justice";

1.3 - This applies to ballots cast in both elections and referenda;

Section 2: Punishment
2.1 - The punishment for violation will be left to the discretion of the High Court; however, it will be mandated for the Electoral Commissioner to step down or for the Prime Minister to sack them if they are found to be in violation of this law, in addition to whatever punishment is deemed fit by the Thaecian High Court.

Read factbook

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