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The Ordering the Orderers Act

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First Part

1. Notaries shall be appointed unto the service of the Kingdom of Talossa, to authenticate and certify legal processes and operations, and to attend and administrate law and order in further tasks, as specified by law.

2. Notaries are, where not otherwise determined by law, exclusively and only subject unto the law. They carry an official seal and shall be styled [NAME], [TITLE], Royal Scrivener unto His Majesty, the King, or, when the Monarch is a female, [NAME], [TITLE], Royal Scrivener unto Her Majesty, the Queen.
The female version of a Scrivener shall be known as a Scriveness. The Talossan equivalent [NAME], [TITLE], Tularxheu Rexhital da Shieu Mhaxhestà, el Regeu or, when the Monarch is a female, [NAME], [TITLE], Tularxheu Rexhital da Shieu Mhaxhestà, la Rhexheiçă shall be their official title. The female version of a Tularxheu shall be known as a Tularxhă.

3. Scriveners are appointed by the King, on advice of the "Chamber of Scriveners", with three Chamberlains consisting of the Attorney-General, and two Justices of the Uppermost Court, which shall be appointed by the Uppermost Court themselves. The Chamberlains are automatically removed from the Chamber, when their term of office ends. Scriveners have tenure until lawful dismissal, or resignation. Scriveners are deemed to have resigned their office when renouncing their citizenship.

3.0. Until proper provisions and tests of admission are set and implemented by law, Scriveners shall be appointed according to the rules given below, and the Attorney-General's best deem, in consultation with the Chamber of Scriveners.
3.0.1. The merits of a citizen's appointment unto the office of the Royal Scrivener shall be considered only after the receipt of an application directed unto the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry shall be in charge of the applications and their processing. It may decide whether it will submit the application unto the Chamber of Scriveners for consideration. Every receipt of an application must be related unto the Chamber of Scriveners, including the name of the applicant.
3.0.2. The Ministry of Justice must inform the applicant of a rejection of their application, stating its reasons for the rejection. The remaining Chamberlains may decide unanimously to override the Attorney-General's rejection, thereby admitting the application to examination by the Chamber.
3.0.3. If the Ministry of Justice decides to consider the application, it must be remitted unto the Chamber of Scriveners, which may subject the applicant unto an official hearing.
3.0.4. Applicants shall be chosen, or rejected, by their cognisance at law, and legal practice, and by their aptitude.
3.1. As many Scriveners, as are necessary for the proper administration of law and order, will be appointed. However, the Kingdom of Talossa is obliged to provide her citizens at least one Scrivener-in-office at all times.
3.2. Neither a reigning King, nor Queen, nor his or her consort, nor a regent during his or her regency, nor a Justice of the Uppermost Court, nor a judge of any inferior national courts may practice as a Scrivener.
3.2.1. Scriveners who are appointed unto, and accept any of the abovementioned offices, are suspended immediately, and until such time as they leave said office.
3.2.2. Upon satisfactory proof of the discontinuation of abovementioned prohibited offices, brought unto the Ministry of Justice, the suspended Scrivener may be licenced and officiated as Scrivener once again.
3.3. Scriveners are appointed by Certificate of Appointment (Atestat dad Apîntamaintsch), to be signed by all Chamberlains of the Chamber of Scriveners and the reigning monarch.
3.3.1. After receiving the certificate of appointment, the Scrivener must take following oath, as given in, in the presence of the Senior Justice of the Uppermost Court: I swear solemnly, in all conscience, to adhere unto the Organic Law and unto law and order, and to execute the duties of the Royal Scrivener unto His Majesty, the King, conscientiously and impartially. Long live the King!

The oath's words shall be changed to "Her Majesty, the Queen", and "Long live the Queen", if the reigning monarch is a female. The oath may be taken with a personal religious context, if the Scrivener wishes so. The religious context may be inserted between "I swear" and "solemnly", and a divine invocation may be implemented before the last sentence. Should the Scrivener's religious beliefs prohibit the swearing to confirm an oath, the vow can be replaced with "I affirm". The Talossan equivalent of the oath shall be the official oath and shall read:

Xhureu solenămînt, în v'alma es va c'hunschençù, qe serc'harheu el Legeu es el Reglamaintsch Orgänic, es executarheu els deveirs dal Tularxheu Rexhital da Shieu Mhaxhestà, el Regeu, vandadouramînt es imparcialmînt. ¡Så viva el Regeu! The oath's words shall be changed to "Tularxhă", if the Scrivener is female. Furthermore, its words shall be changed to "la Rexheiçă", on both accounts where "el Regeu" occurs, if the reigning monarch is a female. The oath may be altered as permitted in and In the latter case, "Xhureu" shall be changed into "Detxereu". The Senior Justice of the Uppermost Court shall certify that the oath has been administered unto the Scrivener by signing the certificate of appointment.
3.3.2. The Ministry of Justice is instructed to print out an engrossment of every certificate of appointment and preserve these for the posterity.
3.3.3. No Scrivener shall neither assume, nor conduct official duties and rights, until they have sworn the oath.
3.4. Scriveners must submit unto the Ministry of Justice three (3) signature samples, which may be used as a reference for certified documents under challenge.
3.4.1. A Scrivener's signature shall carry at least three distinct characters, and must not be easy to forge. A "distinct character" under this act is such one character, that can be distinguished from another by either shape, location or space.

Second part

Exercise of Office

4. Scriveners shall execute their duties and rights true unto their oath. They shall not be an agent unto a party, but an independent and impartial adviser of the interested parties.

4.1. Scriveners must deny official action, if they deem it incompatible with their official duty; particularly when their assistance is demanded for a discernably illegal or disingenerous purpose.
4.2. Scriveners must conduct themselves, within and without their office, in such a manner that is worthy of the trust granted unto the office of a Scrivener. They must beware of any demeanour that may give the appearance of the neglection of their lawful duties, especially the appearance of dependence, or partiality.
4.3. Royal Scriveners of the Kingdom are obligated to possess at least one quill and one inkwell of black ink. The Chamber of Scriveners may require proof of possession by visual copy ("photograph"), and may hence deny appointment until such proof is brought.

5. Scriveners may not refuse to exercise their duties without due cause.

5.1. Scriveners may refuse to exercise their duties when they are not adequately equipped to perform an assignment. However, they are obliged at least to possess adequate equipment to certify documents, as per section four (4), subsection three (3) of this act.
5.2. A complaint against the refusal of exercise of duties is admissible. Complaints shall be lodged with the Ministry of Justice to determine whether disciplinary action can be taken. Recourse to the Magistrates' courts may be had against the Scrivener, if the Ministry of Justice declines to institute an internal investigation.

6. Scriveners are not beholden to notarise in any other language except for Talossan and English, and they must ensure to offer their services in both languages.

6.1. Scriveners may offer their services in any other language, provided they are proficient in these languages, and provided that they have received permission therefor by the Chamber of Scriveners. To this end, the Chamber of Scriveners may scrutinise the Scrivener to ensure their faculty of the language, in which he or she seeks to offer services.

7. Scriveners are barred from notarising any personal matters or concerns.

7.1. Scriveners may recuse themselves by virtue of prejudice.

8. Scriveners may charge a fee for their services.

9. Scriveners are sworn to secrecy, which alludes unto everything they learn in their official function. It does not pertain unto obvious matters, or such matters that do not require confidentiality in their nature. The confidentiality extends beyond the involved party's death.

9.1. The obligation ceases to apply, when the involved party expicitly releases the Scrivener from their duty of confidentiality.
9.2. The obligation of secrecy persists after the scrivener's suspension, or deposition, or removal, or retirement.
9.3. These duties of secrecy extend unto the scriveners' assistants and employees.

10. Scriveners must repair damages arising from wilful, or wantonly negligent, or negligent breach of their duties unto others. In the case, where a scrivener is merely accused of negligence, reparations, especially of monetary nature, may only be claimed, if remedy cannot be obtained by other means.

Third part

Official duties

11. Scriveners are in charge of certifying any document, signature, signing, and duplication of a document. They are particularly tasked with the certification of resolutions in assemblages, and the recording of inventory assets, and estate inventories, and the certification of contracts and settlements out of court, and other contracts.

11.1. Scriveners are empowered to receive, and certify affidavits, in lieu of an oath before any national court.
11.2. Any notarised document is enforceable in a national court of law.
11.3. Furthermore; money, or actual securities, or valuables may be checked with Scriveners for safekeeping, or transferring unto a third party.
11.3.1. Scriveners shall issue to the originator of the transaction a signed certification over the receipt of any money, or of any actual securities, or of any valuables they received for safekeeping, or transferring.
11.3.2. Any delivery of money, or of actual securities, or of valuables entrusted to Scriveners for transferral, must only be delivered against acknowledgement by the receiving party.
11.3.3. Any return of money, or of actual securities, or of valuables entrusted to Scriveners for safekeeping, must only be returned against acknowledgement by the receiving party.
11.4. Scriveners may furthermore be authorised to act in any legal capacity of an authorising party, thus legally becoming the authorising party themselves.

12. Special Scriveners, called Royal Peruke Scriveners, or officially Pampularxheux Rexhitals (or for women Pampularxhăs Rexhitals), are chosen from among the Scriveners by the King, on advice of the Ministry of Justice, to serve the Government. They serve the nation, and especially the Ministry of Justice, and may be dismissed by the Attorney-General. Royal Peruke Scriveners have tenure through Governments.

12.1. Peruke Scriveners see to the certification of documents pertaining unto the Government, and the Ministry of Justice; particularly,
12.1.1. they serve to certify documents for citizens, which the Ministry of Justice issues unto them,
12.1.2. they serve to notarise mutual settlement agreements, or mutual Plea Bargains between the Government and accused. Settlement agreements may not compel, or imply that any one involved party agrees, to being convicted for any misdemeanour, felony or crime of which they are accused. Such a requirement does not apply to Plea Bargains. Settlement agreements may not compel, or imply that any one involved party agrees, to imprisonment or confinement. Such a requirement does not apply to Plea Bargains. Settlement agreements notarised by a Royal Peruke Scrivener have the force of a court order of the Magistrates' Courts, and breachment thereof may, in addition to the enforcement of agreed penalties for breachment, be dealt with as contempt of court by the Magistrates' Courts. The Magistrates' Courts shall only consider to regard breachments as contempt of court upon request of the Peruke Scrivener or involved parties.

13. Scriveners are obligated to instruct, and pledge any employees unto the duty of secrecy, as outlined in subsection 9.3.

Absence of a Scrivener

14. Should a Scrivener become absent or foresee to become absent for longer than a fortnight, he must notify the Ministry of Justice, who shall then appoint a Scrivener Procurate, in Talossan Tularxheu Acurat, or Tularxhă Acuradă, until such time as the absent Scrivener returns.

14.1. Should a Scrivener foresee, that their absence will last longer than two months, or should the Ministry of Justice have due reason to suspect, that a Scrivener will be absent longer than two months, then the Scrivener shall be administratively suspended, until such time, as the Scrivener returns, or the Chamber of Scriveners removes the absentee from office.
14.2. The Scrivener Procurate shall meet the requirements for the office of scrivener, and shall be under the same oath.
14.3. The Scrivener Procurate shall certificate documents under the authority of the Scrivener absent, which he or she replaces, and shall sign per procura (ppa.), in Talossan på xhußiun (p:xh), and shall use the seal of the Scrivener.
14.4. If the absent Scrivener is suspended, or removed from office by the Chamber of Scriveners, the Scrivener Procurate of the absentee shall take his or her place, and become a duly appointed Scrivener.
14.5. Any Scrivener, that wilfully, or in wantonly negligence, or negligently fails to notify the Ministry of Justice of an absence that lasts longer than two months, must beseech the Ministry of Justice for reappointment.
14.6. If the Scrivener can satisfactorily demonstrate, that the failure to notify the Ministry of Justice cannot be ascribed unto themselves, the Chamber of Scriveners shall reappoint the Scrivener to the office of a Royal Scrivener.
14.7. Any administrative action taken by the Ministry of Justice, or the Chamber of Scriveners, may be challenged in the Magistrates' Courts.

Expiration of Office

15. The office of the Royal Scrivener expires

15.1. by reaching the age of retirement (Section 16.1.), or death;
15.2. by dismissal;
15.3. by renunciation of Citizenship;
15.4. by loss of office upon conviction in a court of law (Section 17);
15.5. by deposition (Section 18);
15.6. by removal from office through disciplinary action; or,
15.7. by temporary suspension (esp. Sections 14, and 16.2.).

16. A Scrivener may, at any time, request dismissal from office. The requisition must be submitted unto the Ministry of Justice in written form. The dismissal must be issued by the Ministry of Justice, effective from the date issued.

16.1. Scriveners reach the age of retirement upon reaching the age of 65 years.
16.2. Whoever, as a Scrivener, must attend, either unto at least one minor child, or unto a relative in need of special care, as certified medically, may request a temporary suspension.
16.2.1. The temporary suspension must not exceed two years' time.

17. A penal conviction results in the loss of office.

18. A Scrivener is to be disposed of,

18.1. when it is determined that he or she does not meet the requirements for office, or when he or she has entered the office under false pretences;
18.2. when a condition, where the decision of the Chamber of Scriveners is rendered null and void, is met;
18.3. when he or she refuses to take the oath;
18.4. when he or she is deemed to be continuously unable to execute his or her duties on grounds of health; or,
18.5. when he or she repeatedly neglects his or her duties.
18.6. In case of 18.3., the Scrivener is not yet regarded as duly appointed, and may be disposed of by simple declaration of the Chamber of Scriveners.

19. When a Scrivener's office expires, all related files, documents and books must be delivered into the custody of the Uppermost Court.

19.1. The Ministry of Justice must see to the destruction of the official seal and stamp of the Scrivener. The Scrivener's seal, and stamp may be preserved when the Scrivener is deemed to return in a foreseeable future.
19.2. When the Scrivener resumes his or her duties anew; files, documents, and books, that have been given up unto the Uppermost Court, may be transferred back unto the scrivener.

20. The authority to bear the titles Scrivener and Tularxheu Rexhital expires along with the office. These titles may also not be borne with an affixed indication of the office's expiration.

20.1.When a Scrivener's office expires due to a request of dismissal (16.) after having served for at least three (3) years, or due the reaching of the retirement age (16.1.), or due to a temporary suspension (16.2.), or in cases of subsection 18.4. after having served for at least three (3) years, the Scrivener may bear the title "Royal Scrivener, retired (rtd.)", or in case of a female "Royal Scriveness, retired (rtd.)"; in Talossan "el Restirat (e:R) Tularxheu Rexhital", or in case of a female "la Restiradă (l:R) Tularxhă Rexhital"

21. Objections or rescissions to dispositions or suspensions, be they terminal or preliminary, bear no suspensory effect.