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[[Image:BaltarTribunal.jpg|thumb|right|The tribunal presiding over Gaius Baltar.]]
 
Colonial law knows jury trials as well as tribunals. The right to a trial before a jury of one's peers seems to be guaranteed by the [[Articles of Colonization]] ("[[Collaborators]]", "[[Taking a Break From All Your Worries]]"). However, [[Gaius Baltar]] is tried by five judges, who are randomly selected from the Fleet's ships' captains ([[Crossroads, Part I]] & [[Crossroads, Part II|II]]).
 
Colonial law knows jury trials as well as tribunals. The right to a trial before a jury of one's peers seems to be guaranteed by the [[Articles of Colonization]] ("[[Collaborators]]", "[[Taking a Break From All Your Worries]]"). However, [[Gaius Baltar]] is tried by five judges, who are randomly selected from the Fleet's ships' captains ([[Crossroads, Part I]] & [[Crossroads, Part II|II]]).
  
 
The prosecution and defense of the accused is conducted by attorneys and sometimes legal aides. <ref>Their methods and conducts largely mirrors modern American legal practices.</ref>
 
The prosecution and defense of the accused is conducted by attorneys and sometimes legal aides. <ref>Their methods and conducts largely mirrors modern American legal practices.</ref>
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== References ==
 
== References ==

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There are many legal precedents and laws that bound the Twelve Colonies of Kobol together, as well as methods of trying people under said laws. This article highlights how the laws are treated by the Colonials before and after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

Articles of Colonization

Main article: Articles of Colonization

The Articles of Colonization are the Twelve Colonies' constitution and guarantee its citizens basics rights. They were ratified after the Cylon War.

Legal precedents

Asylum

Citizens of the Colonies may ask for asylum from the military. Rya Kibby, a 17 year old Gemenese woman, sought and successfully gained asylum from the Colonial Fleet's highest ranking officer, Admiral Adama.

The result of asylum in Kibby's case was the successful abortion of her pregnancy, despite her parents' wishes (The Captain's Hand).

Reproductive Rights

The issue of abortion is left untouched by law until near the end of the first year of the exodus with the case of Rya Kibby and her unborn child.

Prior to its resurgence post-Fall, abortion is an issue heavily contested in the Colonies, despite its legalization. In particular, the Gemenese argue against the practice on religious grounds; Laura Roslin makes the claim that she has fought for women's reproductive rights for her entire political career, and would not concede to Representative Sarah Porter's demands regarding Kibby.

As a result of population projections provided by Gaius Baltar, which highlighted the necessity of repopulating the human species, Roslin overturned the abortion laws thus making it illegal for abortions to happen anywhere in the Fleet (The Captain's Hand).

Colonies' Rights

Each colony has their own laws as part of their autonomy from the federal government.

On Gemenon, children are legally owned by their parents until they are 18 years of age (The Captain's Hand).

The Cylons

Legally speaking, the Cylons (even in their humanoid form) are not considered people, and are therefore not afforded the typical treatment of enemy combatants.[1]

Cylon prisoners have been subjected to torture (Flesh and Bone) and execution without trial ("Flesh and Bone", "A Measure of Salvation").

Legal proceedings

The tribunal presiding over Gaius Baltar.

Colonial law knows jury trials as well as tribunals. The right to a trial before a jury of one's peers seems to be guaranteed by the Articles of Colonization ("Collaborators", "Taking a Break From All Your Worries"). However, Gaius Baltar is tried by five judges, who are randomly selected from the Fleet's ships' captains (Crossroads, Part I & II).

The prosecution and defense of the accused is conducted by attorneys and sometimes legal aides. [2]

References

  1. Ron Moore's comments about Cylon rights from the Colonial perspective.
  2. Their methods and conducts largely mirrors modern American legal practices.

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  • Analogues
    • Law of the Twelve Colonies (TOS)|TOS's Laws of the Twelve Colonies
  • Lawyers
    • Joseph Adama|Joseph Adama
    • Cassidy|Cassidy
    • Romo Lampkin|Romo Lampkin
  • See Also
    • Articles of Colonization|Articles of Colonization

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