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The North Pacific is a constitutional democracy. We have a constitution, a bill of rights, and a legal code, which you can read here. Our government has four branches:

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Call for Temporary Hearing Officers
Topic Started: Nov 19 2016, 05:41 PM (1,827 Views)
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Please post below to volunteer to become a temporary hearing officer. The duties are identical to those of a justice, but are (usually) limited to a single matter before the court. They act as temporary replacement justices when there is a vacancy on the court, or when a justice is unavailable or has recused themself. In your post, please describe your level of familiarity with TNP law, as well as why you desire to become a temporary hearing officer.

In the immediate future, a THO will be appointed to replace SillyString in the matter of Handling of evidence in the case of TNP vs. TSRONK. However, those who volunteer in this thread will also be considered for future appointments.

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Edited by Zyvetskistaahn, Jan 12 2018, 08:36 PM.
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I'm more than willing to serve as a THO again for other cases. With that said, since I was the THO for TNP vs TSRoNK, I don't wish to be one for this particular case in order to avoid any conflicts of interest or the perception thereof.

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please describe your level of familiarity with TNP law


Nothing special, I've read all of our laws over at least once.

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why you desire to become a temporary hearing officer.


I find it interesting.
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Update: 2 THOs are now required for the request for review regarding handling of evidence in TNP vs TSRONK. Legal knowledge/experience is preferable, but not a firm requirement.
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I'm interested to act as temporary hearing officer. I'd like to get involved with the court and this seems a good way.

My knowledge of TNP law is limited, I've read it but hardly made a thorough study, I think I can read up on the relevant law and any available case law as required though.
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I'm willing to act as a THO in this matter.

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my level of familiarity with TNP law?

I have a fair to middling grasp of TNP Law, and have served as Deputy AG and Attorney General. I've also been an RA member for 3 years now.

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why do I desire to become a temporary hearing officer?

I've always had an interest in the Judiciary.

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I'm willing to temporarily act as a THO. I have notified Ash and have resigned my Deputy AG role temporarily so that I can serve.

I'm a former Justice, CJ and AG. I'm familiar with TNP law although I'm weaker on some of the more recent changes. I want to serve to make sure that there's a qualified bench for an important R4R.
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If needed, I can serve as a THO.
'Remember, everything you have here in the North is only because I got bored.' - The Minister, Ruler of Gracius Maximus, Conqueror of Pixiedance, last hero of the North

'Some acts simply cannot be apologized for. I do realize this is a game, but you have caused all of us so much strife over the past months, and caused others to follow in your lead, that it's become a bit more than that. And as such, I cannot accept your apology. Respect it, I will. Forgive you, I won't.' - Hersfold

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Canton


I would like to serve.

Experience with TNP Law: Read them over.

Reason for wanting to serve: I would like to be Deputy Attorney General of TNP.
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Canton
Feb 13 2017, 01:09 AM
I would like to serve.

Experience with TNP Law: Read them over.

Reason for wanting to serve: I would like to be Deputy Attorney General of TNP.
Try to watch the date of thread before replying.
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Feb 13 2017, 09:55 AM
Canton
Feb 13 2017, 01:09 AM
I would like to serve.

Experience with TNP Law: Read them over.

Reason for wanting to serve: I would like to be Deputy Attorney General of TNP.
Try to watch the date of thread before replying.
Is this thread not open until they need someone? I was linked here by the AG.
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Canton
Feb 13 2017, 12:11 PM
Lord Emmanuel
Feb 13 2017, 09:55 AM
Canton
Feb 13 2017, 01:09 AM
I would like to serve.

Experience with TNP Law: Read them over.

Reason for wanting to serve: I would like to be Deputy Attorney General of TNP.
Try to watch the date of thread before replying.
Is this thread not open until they need someone? I was linked here by the AG.
There is no ongoing situation that needs THO, So be patient.
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To be fair to Canton, it isn't necessarily the AG Office's place to determine when this thread is relevant as it relates to THOs, who sit as de facto Justices on the Court and are inherently separate from the Attorney General.
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'Some acts simply cannot be apologized for. I do realize this is a game, but you have caused all of us so much strife over the past months, and caused others to follow in your lead, that it's become a bit more than that. And as such, I cannot accept your apology. Respect it, I will. Forgive you, I won't.' - Hersfold

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Anyone can indicate interest and availability to serve as a THO at any time. This thread will be referenced when there is a need.

There is no other reason for anyone to post in this thread unless they are indicating availability to serve as a THO.
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I have the utmost desire to be appointed the position of Temporary Hearing Officer.

I have familiarity with TNP law including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of TNP. As of first hand experience, I currently have none, which is one of the reasons I long for this position. I am exceedingly interested in being part of the judiciary system of TNP. I am also exceptionally interested in the position for Associate Justice and even might consider running in two months.

I am apologize if this deems to much information, I just wanted to present myself at supreme level of professionalism.

I intend to hear from you soon,
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For the record, I am willing and able to serve as a Temporary Hearing Officer in the event one or more officers are needed. I've been a citizen for quite a while, and do have experience with working with the law as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

Obviously, I do not have any experience as a Justice or being in the Attorney General's office.
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Bootsie is appointed as a THO.
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Lord Emmanuel
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As the current Deputy AG, i am willing to serve as THO.
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Mar 10 2017, 07:25 AM
As the current Deputy AG, i am willing to serve as THO.
You'd have to resign your position as Deputy AG:
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18. Any deputy appointed by the Attorney General may not serve concurrently as either a Justice or a Temporary Hearing Officer.
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Darcania
Mar 10 2017, 07:28 AM
Lord Emmanuel
Mar 10 2017, 07:25 AM
As the current Deputy AG, i am willing to serve as THO.
You'd have to resign your position as Deputy AG:
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18. Any deputy appointed by the Attorney General may not serve concurrently as either a Justice or a Temporary Hearing Officer.
Oh!! I hereby withdraw from serving as THO .

Thanks Darc
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As long as it's permissible for an Executive Council Minister to concurrently serve as THO, I'm willing to do so.
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