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The following is an incomplete list of notable legislation, royal decrees and cases that are significant in Washingtonian law today. Most older decrees and legislation have been amended by more recent decrees or legislation.

  • R - legislatively repealed
  • ER - executive order recalled
  • DI - judicially declared invalid
  • DR - royal decree recalled

Extraordinary legal sources

Decrees

Executive orders/enactments/declarations

Legislation/statutes

Case law (precedent)

Court of Appeal

Case name Citation Date Subject Decision
James vs. James 27-1973 A Divorce and Biblical interpretation
  • In general, the courts must give more credence to New Testament scripture than to Old.
  • Divorce is legal in Washingtonia due to ambiguity of Deuteronomy 24:1-4.
  • Death results in automatic divorce in terms of Romans 7:2.
  • Divorce claims for adultery must be granted if "sexual immorality" is proven (Matthew 5:32).

Supreme Court

Case name Citation Date Subject Decision
The Throne vs. Marlow 11-1966 SC Homicide. "Malice aforethought" means acting with the intention to kill. This intention can be developed long before the actual act or mere seconds beforehand.
Atkins vs. Geraldson 19-2001 SC Sex/gender changes A person's gender (sex) cannot change, and that "undergoing an operation or procedure" to change "this natural way of being" goes against the national interest (in terms of Washingtonia being a Christian nation).
Schultz vs. Director (National Communications Intelligence Directorate) 12-2009 SC Wiretapping No set precedent. The judge in the previous court did not act with bias, thus his ruling in favor of the specific wiretapping operation was legally sound.

Constitutional Court

Case name Citation Date Subject Decision
Hall vs. The Throne 04-1921 CC Conscription Conscription in terms of the Military Conscription Act of 1914 violates liberty under the Constitution due to vagueness. Act must clearly define the conscription as well as its importance to national interest to be valid.
Peters vs. The Throne 02-1942 CC Validity of the Constitution. The Constitution does not violate its predecessor's (the Assembly Pact) envisioned principles of equality and tolerance with regards to religion. Both principles are part of the Christian faith. Also upheld SC judgement that the supreme Constitution, as democratically enacted, voided the Assembly Pact regardless.
The Throne vs. The Crown 01-1946 CC Crimes involving the Monarch. Default judgement due to defense's refusal to continue participating and attend court dates. King Brandon I found guilty on all charges. See Constitutional Crisis of 1946.
FEDERAL vs. The Throne 02-1971 CC Patriarchal wording of Constitution The framers of the Constitution intended it to apply chiefly only to males (or "men" as it appears in the text). Framers intended to establish a patriarchal society based around Christian values, which the Court acknowledged includes wide protection and application to women.
FEDERAL vs. Commissioner (South Island Prisons) 06-1982 CC Cruel and unusual treatment Court held that the right to life in the Constitution does not only apply to the question of actually killing another person, but also applies to bodily integrity and the ability to live without duress. A "right to dignity" is recognized by the Court within the right to life. South Island Prisons ordered to pay millions in damages to several then-current and former inmates.
Arbor vs. Matteos 12-1998 CC Defamation Went further than SC decision and modified the common law. The Court stated that the allegation (in terms of defamation) must be truthful (or a bona fide belief that it is true - based on French law) and that it must also be in the national interest to be revealed. Chief Justice Howsham stated that much of the ruling's inspiration came from the British Libel Act, which added that public benefit must be proven. This decision was subsequently codified in the Defamation and Personal Damage Act. Appeal dismissed.
Harcourt vs. The Throne 14-1999 CC Adoption The Court decided that the Adoption Act was questionable in terms of the right to liberty, however that it was in line with the Constitution as far as that it was in the national interest to provide homes to children without. Justice LeClaire dissented from the majority and stated that it unequivocally violates the right to liberty.
Reynolds vs. Minister (Interior) 09-2005 CC Homosexual marriage and activities The Court upheld the SC ruling and added that the "national morals" defense was irrelevant. Chief Justice Howsham specifically stated that homosexual activities (not only marriages) violated Section 2 of Chapter 1 of the Constitution (the basic provisions), as it (within the interpretation of the Court) goes against the teachings in the Bible.
Minister (National Intelligence) et al. vs. FreeInfo 04-2009 CC National security Upheld SC ruling and recommended to the Grand Assembly to enact legislation which clearly defines sensitive information and the access to it. The Grand Assembly subsequently passed the Security of Intelligence Act, the Access to Certain Sensitive Information Act and the Prohibition on Certain Speech Act, all of which are controversial in Washingtonian civil society and political activism.
Martins vs. Commissioner (Washingtonian Police Department) 11-2010 CC Entrapment. Held that it does not constitute entrapment for the police to deliberately wait for a drug deal to take place. Appeal dismissed.

See also

Kingdom of Washingtonia flag Law of Washingtonia
Core subjects Constitutional law | Administrative law | Private law | Criminal law
Further reading Human and civil rights | Royal prerogative | Legal profession
Legislation Acts of the Grand Washingtonian Assembly (Top/Chr)
Precedent Court of Appeals cases | Supreme Court cases | Const Court cases
Decrees and orders Royal decrees | Executive orders

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