Prawa & Sprawiedliwość
Lords have judicial power in cases arising in their domains, while landed Rycerzs are sometimes Lords in all but name, only the Lords are given the right to administer the high justice for capital penalty.
It is a lords duty to keep the peace, hear petitions, and meet out justice and punishments, all in the name of his lord, and ultimately, in the name of the king. The lords may entrust task to their sworn lords, Landed Rycerzs, and bailiffs. To help them keep the peace, local judgements and overseeing hangings. If the lord is unable to give sentencing, it's up to the lord of the great house holding dominion in that area and eventually the king to give sentencing, as the final authority.
The Lord or his officers, would hold local courts, listens to petitions and accusations and rules based on the evidence and law. Although the Seven kingdoms has a Master of Laws, which suggest some form of Statutory law, it's largely based on local custom and wisdom rather than justice. as such it's sometimes wise to look the other way to keep the peace.
The notion of justice depends greatly on the social class to which the defendant belongs. While most Houses has laws that protect the local commoners from abuse or mistreatment, to one degree or another, in some cases even from the nobility. These enforced by various degree depending on the disposition of the local lord or the status of the accused. Since most wrongs could be atoned for by the payment of a fine, the conduct of justice is different for common people and those rich noble, especially if they of high status and command influence and power, in which case overlooking their excess of exuberance, is sometimes in the best interest of the local lord.
Additionally, Highborn such as Lords and nobles afforded more rights by law, they cannot be denied trials and allowed more leniency in their conduct.
In every event the accused highborn or low, my demand Trial by combat or the less used Trial of Seven and let the gods give judgement. "Taking the black", to join the Nocna Straż, is an alternative to criminal punishment. By taking the black, one’s crimes are forgiven and he is exiled to the wall severing all previous ties. Women are not allowed to take the black. Also only a Rycerz of the Gwardia Królewska can champion a queen in a trial by battle if she has been accused of treason.
The legal majority for men and women is 16  Trials, at least among the nobility, often begin with a prayer from a septon beseeching the Father Above to guide them towards justice. the the accused and witness are sworn to honesty before he gives testimony at a trial. Of old, the Wielki Septons might appoint seven judges to try a case, and if a woman was accussed, three of them might be women, representing maidens, mothers, and crones.
The punishment for treason and oathbreaking is death. Poacher and thief may lose a hand, various mutilation for assault, castration for rape, and floggings are doled out for many minor offences.
Executions are usually carried out by hanging or beheading. For harsher crime the “crow cage” is used, in which the victim is imprisoned without food or water until death. Its name comes from the crows who often end up feasting on the criminal flesh.  Flogging are the common punishment for members of the lower social classes, it's severity determined by both the number of strokes.
References and Notes
- Wierny Miecz, p.127
- SSM: Rycerzs and Lords
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 22, Arya IV.
- Błędny Rycerz p.507
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 33, Eddard VIII.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 38, Tyrion V.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 47, Eddard XIII.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 3, Daenerys I.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 43, Cersei X.
- SSM: Age of Majority
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 66, Tyrion IX.
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 36, Davos IV.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 1, Bran I.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 13, Tyrion II.
- Nawałnica Mieczy p.328, 329
- Błędny Rycerz p.79
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