A Member of the Synod (e.g. someone with a congregation resource) raises a Judgement of Inquisition. To do this they should:
- Agree an appropriate time, date and place with the target, wherever possible
- Complete a Judgement form, available from the Hub
- Select an Assembly to submit the Judgement to. The choices are:
** Their National Assembly. This is only appropriate if the target is in the same nation.
** Their Virtue Assembly. This is only appropriate if the theme of the Inquisition relates to the Virtue in question.
** The General Assembly. This is always appropriate.
- Submit the Judgement to the Tribune of the Synod in the Hub. It will usually need to stay up for a minimum of 3 hours for priests to vote on it.
Once the Judgement has been accepted and displayed, the Member of the Synod should probably vote in favour of it, then find others in the same Assembly and ask them to vote on it too.
If at the end of the relevant scrutiny period there are more votes in favour of the Judgement than against it, then it is Upheld. The target is then legally obliged to attend the Inquisition for up to 1 hour. During this time the Member of the Synod can ask them any questions they like, although they are not obliged to respond.
After the Inquisition, the Member of the Synod may choose to escalate their Inquisition to a Sanction. There are four options:
- Vindication. “This person did nothing wrong” or “This person is Virtuous”.
- Castigation. “This person did something wrong”, but with no consequences.
- Penance. “This person did something wrong, and this is what they should to do make it right or be better for the future”, but not legally binding.
- Condemnation. “This person committed a religious crime”, which triggers a legal trial.
This Sanction is raised like the previous Judgement and must also be voted on and Upheld to be effective.
Inquisition is actually very common. Some people do it just to investigate things, or to interview people. As above, not all of the outcomes are negative.
It is not illegal to curse anyone. Summoning someone to Inquisition just to curse them might be construed as Abuse of Powers and you might be condemned for this. Note that only magistrates will actually conduct a legal trial, although you can structure your Inquisition how you wish.