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The Ministry of Justice (Enumerated Powers)

Act: What does it do?

By Horatio Eden, political editor and Reichsversammlung correspondent The Reichsversammlung, the federal Abeldane legislature, tonight passed the biggest set of laws in Abeldane history, clocking in with nine bills being converted to legislation in one session, including Attorney General Horatio Eden’s landmark judicial powers bill. But what exactly went into the Attorney General’s much hyped Ministry of Justice (Enumerated Powers) Act? We provided a brief summary of the act on the main article for this record-setting event in Abeldane history, but in full the bill enables the Ministry of Justice to retain people for questioning in pursuance of a criminal investigation, and makes it a crime for people to refuse to comply with attempts to retain them thereto. It also gives the Ministry sweeping powers to perform “any particular action” within constitutional and legal parameters. The Attorney General has also been empowered by this act to charge Abeldane citizens with criminal misconduct, and to countersign attempts to charge Abeldane citizens by subordinate officers of the Ministry of Justice. It also sets out a number of regulations governing the federal judiciary, specifically that courts can only rule in criminal cases on charges brought by the federal government, enabling the possibility of plea deals for future generations of Abeldane criminality. There are also protections set out in the bill; all charges must be countersigned by the Attorney General, the selection of Deputy Attorney General (appointed by the Attorney General) can be countermanded by almost every other branch of the federal government, regulations by the Ministry of Justice can be overturned by the Reichsversammlung or challenged on constitutional grounds in the Supreme Court, and precludes federal officials for utilising any statutory or regulatory powers issued to them during an investigation. The bill covers a lot of regulatory and statutory ground, filing eight pages and totalling around 3000 words. The Attorney General will announce at a future press conference plans to establish regulatory orders to govern the Ministry, as well as kick off the Ministry’s plans to formulate the first Federal Rules of Judicial Procedure, a document provided for in the act, which will govern the procedures of federal courts in the Abeldane Empire. There has so far been no pick for the position of Deputy Attorney General, and the Attorney General’s office has not confirmed nor denied whether one is being considered.

31st December, 2017

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