Dorset Style - 06. Kingmaker
Law and Order in Brevoy
There is no judge, jury, or judicial system, or barristers to speak of. There is a hearing at which the accused has the right to be heard, held by either the sheriff, Lord Mayor, or local Lord or Church representative. The ruler may call upon other witnesses, experts, or advisors for input into the situation, but only if the ruler chooses to do so.
Sheriff Handles drunk and disorderly, disputes, minor thefts, suspicious activity, fines. He will usually be in charge of a garrison of investigators, enforcers, and prisoner escorts. Depending on the the Lord Mayor, he may also handle more capital crimes.
Local Church If a crime is against the church or principles that the church enforces then this will often then be delegated to a relevant official.
Captain of the Guards Only in larger towns or cities, there is also a captain of the town or city guards. He usually answers directly to the Lord Mayor as well, but is only in charge of stopping violence or handling military situations that threaten the security of the settlement. He works in parallel with the sheriff, who is responsible for handling the aftermath. He has no judgment authority whatsoever. His men also backstop the sheriff for transporting major prisoners or doing big searches.
Lord Mayor Handles major crimes or those involving nobles that could have repercussions. Some are more involved and some less involved. Basically has the authority to be judge, jury, and executioner if need be. Typically handles major crimes, or ones involving children, nobles, or major offenses.
The Lord major may call in advisers for particular crimes, an example of this would be crimes of necromancy will often be judged by a representative of the church of Pharasma.
Local Lord Handles anything that gets appealed to him, but normally only those cases that affect his overall region or involve important personages, like nobles, wizards, priests, or foreign dignitaries. Once again judge, jury, and executioner. They are more likely to thrown people in the dungeons while they figure out a way to leverage this bargaining chit for gold, power, favors, or better trade agreements, etc, than they are to be concerned with meting out justice fairly. They often in fact, hang commoners who appeal to them, especially in cases where it is vs a noble or other major authority. This reduces the number of common appeals they receive to a manageable number. If you come before a lord and want a favorable outcome to your hearing, you should have bargaining power and something of value to them, otherwise you are more likely to end up in the dungeons.