REGULATION ON THE COURT OF HONOR

1. The Court of Honor (hereinafter, the Court) comprises 3 members (judges) vested with equal rights and powers.

2. When considering cases the judges rely upon the Christian worldview, the teachings and rules of the Church (both Orthodox and Catholic tradition).

3. The Court considers cases involving the knights of the Sovereign Knightly Order of the Jerusalem Cross (hereinafter, the Order) and delivers judgments in the name of the Vicar. Such judgments are final and non-appealable.

4. A judgment shall impel the offender to penitence and rehabilitation.

5. The Court’s function is to warn, conciliate and punish. The Court’s verdict is final, and only the Vicar has the power to grant a pardon to the convicted.

6. The judicial power in the Order belongs totally to the Vicar. The Vicar being the Sovereign of the Order is not subject to trial as he himself holds the court.

7. Judges of the Court are appointed and removed by Decrees of the Vicar from among the members to the General Chapter of the Order.

8. When further investigation is required, the Court accepts claims and justifications from any interested parties.

9. The accused shall be notified of the Court session and the accusations brought against him, by any available means three days before the proceedings (so that the accused could prepare justification defense). If the accused does not appear before the Court without good cause, the case shall be heard in his absence and the judgment shall be subsequently communicated to him.

10. In case of perjury during the proceedings on the part of the claimant, the defendant and the witnesses, the perjurers (if proven guilty) will be deprived of all their privileges and honors and expelled from the Order.

11. The Court hearings are held in private.

12. A person accused of an offense cannot be punished unless there is sufficient evidence proving him guilty.

13. The Court should take in consideration such factors as the causes of the offense, the lifestyle of the accused, his motives, and, where possible, be indulgent to the accused to encourage his reformation.

14. A verdict shall be declared upon unanimous decision of all Court members and approval of the Vicar.

15. The Court shall verify the evidence presented by establishing its origin and the way it was obtained. The Court thoroughly examines and considers any evidence submitted.

16. The Court shall not prioritize one fact of evidence over another and shall consider all evidence relevant to a case comprehensively. Any explanations and testimonies based on a guess, assumption, rumor, or testimonies the origin of which cannot be stated by the witness, shall not be accepted as evidence.

17. Any oral explanation shall be protocoled and signed by the declarant. A written explanation shall be included in the dossier.

18. A Court member participating in the proceedings as a claimant or a defendant cannot perform the function of a judge at such proceedings. In this case such judge(s) shall be provisionally substituted by other persons appointed by the Vicar.

19. If the judges cannot reach a unanimous decision, the Court declares it and submits the case to the sole discretion of the Vicar. If there is no unanimous decision more than three times, the Vicar dissolves the Court and appoints new judges.

20. All the members of the Order shall assist the judges in their activities. Obstructing investigation and justice is a grave crime.