STATUTE

Article 1. The Order of the Jerusalem Cross (hereinafter, the Order) founded on January 6, 2005 is an independent international and military organization. The order is named after the Jerusalem Cross, the main symbol of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The liberation of Jerusalem by the troops of the 1st Crusade July 15, 1099 is the day of the main holiday of the Order. The Order preserves, studies and revives the traditions of the Crusaders. The Order has its own coat of arms, flag, and hymn. The official languages of the Order are Russian and English. When publishing texts by the Order, the priority is preserved for the Russian language.

Article 2. There are four degrees of knighthood in the Order, which are in ascending order as follows: Knight, Captain, Commander, Captain-Commander. For special merit, the Captain-Commander can be awarded the Star of the Order. Approved by in the Order the following term for raising the classes of knights: from Knight to Captain — 5 years, from Captain to Commander — 5 years, from Commander to Captain-Commander — 5 years. In exceptional cases, the period may be reduced. An increase in the rank and classe of the Order cannot occur automatically after 5 years and is due to the vigorous activity of a member of the Order and the fulfillment of the assignments entrusted to him. Otherwise, the length of service is not a basis for career growth.

Article 3. Entry into the Order is possible only at the invitation of the Order, or on the recommendation of a member of the Order. The candidate must meet the following requirements: man, over the age of 25, who accepts the provisions of the Order Statute and wishes to participate in his activities. Those admitted to the Order acquire the status of the Knight of the Jerusalem Cross.

Article 4. The brothers of the Order may not be members of any National Assemblies of the Nobility. A Knight of the Jerusalem Cross awarded with a medal and a title by any ruling or non-ruling House may not refer to this fact as a rationale for his subordination to these Houses. The Order remains outside the jurisdiction of any state, its ruler and Church.

Article 5. The executive, legislative and judicial powers are vested for life with the Supreme Ruler of the Order, (hereinafter, the Ruler). The Ruler alone has the power to admit members to the Order and to exclude them. The Ruler confers all the higher degrees upon the knights and bestows the Star of the Order.

Article 6. In the event of the death of the Ruler or voluntary resignation, the successor previously appointed by the Ruler becomes the new Head of the Order. If no successor has been appointed, the members of the Order elect a Ruler at their meeting by a majority of the votes cast. Those absent from the meeting may delegate their voting powers to a member present at the meeting, at their own discretion. The meeting shall be deemed valid if at least 2/3 of the total number of a members of the Order are present. Members of the Order, retired to retire, do not participate in the vote.

Article 7. The Chancellery of the Order consists of 3 people. The members of the Order designated by the Ruler hold their respective positions: the Chancellor — oversees the activities of the territorial divisions of the Order and the international section; the Treasurer manages the Treasury of the Order and runs all economic and business activities of the Order. Secretary — is responsible for relations with religious, state and public organizations, supervises the publishing activities of the Order.

Article 8. A Legion is the territorial division of the Order constituted by local knightly assemblies called Centuries. Each Legion is governed by a Legate. Legates are appointed and removed by the Ruler. A Legate may have one or two aids — Tribunes. The power to appoint and remove Tribunes lies with the Legate. A Century is governed by a Centurion to be appointed and removed by the Legate. The knights of the Order being members of a Century shall execute the orders of Legate, Tribunes and Centurion in full obedience.

Article 9. Any member of the Order irreparably and deliberately violating the Statute of the Order, acting impudently and evading the fulfilment of any instructions and orders of their superiors, practicing an immoral lifestyle, causing deliberate damage to the Order and its activities, shall stand trial. The verdict of the Court of Honor shall be final, and the Ruler alone has the power to grant a pardon to the convict. In the event of a dispute or enmity between the members of the Order, only the Court of Honor can resolve their conflict.

Article 10. The member of the Order is obliged: keep his word, for cowardice is even more shameful than perjury, to have his own coat of arms and an official document certifying the knight title conferred, refrain from lying and deceit, never harm an unarmed person, shall protect those wrongfully oppressed, be merciful and shall never ignore those asking for help, be intolerant to the foes of the Order, always defend the honor of a woman and his own honor.


LOYALTY OATH TO THE ORDER

I, (so-and-so), hereby join the Sacred Army of the Order of the Jerusalem Cross and taking this oath do promise and swear to abide by these pledges of voluntary and strict obedience, fraternity and hospitality. By this vow I hereby demonstrate my steady and doubtless purpose to devote my efforts and life to our Order of the Jerusalem Cross, safeguard and honor thereof. I further on accept the obligations to continually and fully obey to the Supreme Ruler of the Order, fight under his flags and obey his word in war and in peace. To which, before the Knights present in this meeting, I hereby pledge my oath.

INVESTITURE

The initiate will bend the knee before the Supreme Ruler of the Order (or his designated Knight), who will pronounce the following:

«In the name of the heroes of the fallen and the living, I hereby entitle you Knight of Jerusalem Cross. Remember that your duty is keep faithful to our Fraternity. Be brave, merciful, and just».

After that, the Supreme Ruler of the Order (or his designated Knight) twice lays the sword on the knight’s shoulders and gives him the Knight’s Cross.

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

3. The Court’s function is to warn, conciliate and punish. The Court’s verdict is final, and only the Supreme Ruler of the Order has the power to grant a pardon to the convicted.

4. The judicial power in the Order belongs totally to the Supreme Ruler of the Order. He being the Head of the Order is not subject to trial as he himself holds the court.

5. Judges of the Court are appointed and removed by Decrees of the Supreme Ruler of the Order from among the members of the Order.

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The Court hearings are held in private.

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

11. 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.

12. A verdict shall be declared upon unanimous decision of all Court members and approval of the Supreme Ruler of the Order.

13. 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.

14. 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.

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

16. 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 Supreme Ruler of the Order.

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

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

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