7.7 Jurisdiction of Law
Article 288 - Plea
A Plea is formal prayer demanded within the Roman Courts of the Private Bar Guilds in answer to a claim of controversy that formally establishes the acknowledgment of the accused that jurisdiction has been perfected and the manner of law and procedures by which the accused requests the matter to be reviewed.
The word Plea comes from the Latin word pleais meaning literally a “prayer to Rome ”from Pleaides the name for the “Seven Sisters” being an acronym for the seven hills of ancient Rome. It is a deliberate corruption of the ancient Roman legal principle of plene or plenus literally meaning the accusation has been “fully,completely solidly or abundantly” stated and the accused may evoke their second opportunity to speak their defense as collocution.
While the corruption of the ancient Roman legal principle of Plene or Plenus to “Plea”is normally delivered within the Roman Courts in the manner of a demand or even intimidating threat by the Judge or Magistrate, under Roman Law the reply must remain solely and legitimately an “offering” by the accused.
Once the Ucadian Courts are operational and fair notice given to members of One Heaven, any member charged by a Roman Court with a serious offence including the potential penalty of imprisonment for two (2) years or more is required to file the allegations of the offence into a valid Ucadian Court prior to using their Live Borne Record or status as a member within their demurrer or defense. The matter shall therefore be heard and adjudicated fairly in accordance with these canons and the charter and codes of law of their given society.
In accordance with these Canons, a member of One Heaven and any associated society may choose only one (1)of two (2) kinds of formal reply to a properly constituted Ucadian Court being either a reply of remit or reject:
(ii) Res Judicata, also known as “a matter already judged” or “autrefois convict or acquit”.
(i) Mea Culpa, also known as “my mistake or fault” equivalent to “guilty”; or
(ii) Exculpate, also known as “without blame, or fault or guilt” equivalent to “not guilty”; or
(iii) Nolo Contendere , also known as “no contest”.