This procedure applies only to internal SCA grievances. Any violation of modern law shall be reported to the appropriate modern authorities.
Refer to Corpora X and the SCA Sanction Guide for procedures for grievances and sanctions. These procedures apply only to internal SCA grievances. Any violation of modern law shall be reported to the appropriate modern authorities.
13.1 Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry
A Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry is appointed at the Crown's discretion to recommend further action on such issues as the Crown may refer to the Board. Its aim is to discover the basis of the dispute, prepare a list of pertinent witnesses and evidence, and make recommendations to the Crown for further actions. The Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry may be as informal as desired by the Crown. Boards of Inquiry may not find against individuals, rather their inquiries shall be of a problem-identification nature. All deliberations of a Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry shall be held confidential except that, in the event that a further Court is recommended, the findings and records of the Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry shall be forwarded to the further Court.
13.1.1 The Court of Inquiry/Court of Chivalry members
The Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry shall consist of members chosen by the Crown at the Crown's discretion, excluding the Crown. One member shall be named the Senior Member.
13.1.2 Within 30 days of being named by the Crown, act in the following manner:
• Review the complaint referred to it by the Crown.
• Investigate the matter including but not limited to contacting those involved as listed in the complaint.
• Determine if the nature of the complaint made warrants the convening of further Courts.
• Within 15 days following the close of the inquiry, the Senior Member must prepare and submit to the Crown a written recommendation to convene a further Court or to dismiss the complaint. This recommendation shall be signed by all members of the Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry. The recommendation need not be unanimous, but in the case of multiple opinions, each member must acknowledge and sign his/her own recommendation.
• The Crown may choose to accept all, some, or none of the recommendations of the Court of Inquiry/ Court of Chivalry. If the decision of the Crown differs from the recommendation, the Crown shall attach an explanation of their decision to the recommendation.
13.2.3 The Crown must send copies of all documentation and a final report to the Kingdom Seneschal to be placed in the Kingdom record.
Sanction include, but are not limited to:
13.3.1 Probation, which is a period of fixed duration, during which an individual is to be observed. At the end of probation, the individual's conduct is to be reviewed.
• When probation is imposed, the Crown shall immediately appoint a panel to observe the conduct of the individual. The makeup of this panel is left to the discretion of the Crown.
• At the end of the probation period, the panel shall meet to discuss their observation of the accused's conduct, and to make a recommendation, in writing, to the Crown to lift the probation, or to continue the probation for a further fixed period of time, or to impose such other sanctions as listed in the laws as may be appropriate. If the probation is extended, the panel shall reconvene at the end of the extended probation period and review the accused's conduct during the extended probationary period.
13.3.2 Banishment. See Corpora for the types of banishment and the regulations regarding them.
13.3.3 Degradation from the Peerage. This is a sanction that may be brought only as a recommendation to the Board of Directors.
13.3.4 Temporary or permanent proscription from the lists.
13.3.5 Temporary or permanent proscription from any specified activities within the Kingdom.
13.3.6 A private reprimand to be delivered by the Queen.
13.3.7 A public reprimand to be delivered by the Crown in the Kingdom newsletter.
13.3.8 Removal from any or all Kingdom orders. Removal of Arms is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
13.3.9 Removal from any or all offices held in the Kingdom of Atlantia (in conjunction with the corresponding Society officer as appropriate).
13.3.10 Requiring specific acts of recompense or atonement.
Either side may appeal to the Crown the recommendation of a Court of Chivalry within 10 days of receipt of that written recommendation. The Crown will issue Their decision on any appeal not more than 30 days after the appeal is requested. Any appeals of the decision of the Crown must be made to the Board of Directors.