EDICTUM AEDILICIUM XIV
Investigation of Charges and Complaints
Ex Officio Curile Aedile Caeso Fabius Q.
Edictum Aedilicium XIV - Investigation of Charges and Complaints
In accordance with the Constitution of Nova Roma, section IV.A.4.b,
the Curule Aediles have the obligation to ensure order at public
religious events and to administer the law, along with other duties.
This edict sets forth the manner and methods by which the Curule
Aediles shall carry out investigations into charges and complaints
brought by any person - either citizen or guest or other associate of
Nova Roma - under the lawful authority of the Curule Aediles.
- As Curule magistrates of Nova Roma, the Curule Aediles may be
approached by any person with a complaint or charge of wrongdoing by
a citizen or associate or guest of Nova Roma, on matters falling
within the purview of the Curule Aediles. Such charges must be
examined and investigated to establish the facts and circumstances
surrounding the matter.
- If an offense is obvious, the Curule Aedile to whom charges are
brought may elect to conduct a quick investigation and then deal with
the matter. When charges are complicated, or not obvious, or
otherwise require further investigation, the charges and complaints
shall be investigated either by the Curule Aedile personally, or by
his/her designated representatives. These investigations will be
recorded and kept confidential by the Curule Aediles.
- All investigations into charges and complaints of wrongdoing
shall be conducted in such a way as to respect the dignitas of all
parties concerned. Investigators shall maintain strict
confidentiality, discussing matters under investigation only with the
accused, other witnesses, the plaintiff, the Curule Aedile to whom
they answer and other investigators appointed to the same case.
Investigators shall urge plaintiffs, accused parties, and witnesses
to limit comment on such matters out of respect for all.
- When investigation shows that an offense has occurred, the
Curule Aedile who initiated the investigation shall exercise
invocatio to call the accused to justice. The manner in which
justice is then served shall be as declared in separate edicta and
other laws of Nova Roma.
- Records of all investigations - even the most cursory - shall be
kept by the Curule Aediles and their designated scribae. When a
Curule Aedile relinquishes office that Aedile's confidential records
of investigations shall be transferred into the custody of the Temple
of Ceres, or such other archive as the Temple of Ceres shall
designate, there to be retained for a period of not less than two
years for investigations which did not lead to trial, and not less
than five years for investigations which did lead to trial. These
records are confidential, and may be released only to Curule
magistrates engaged in their lawfully appointed duties. They may not
be published save for such portions as become a matter of public
record through being introduced as evidence in a trial or magisterial
- Each record of investigation shall include, at a minimum:
- Name (NovaRoman and legal names) of the plaintiff(s)
- Name (NovaRoman and legal names) of the accused if known
- Statement of charges and/or complaints including specifications
- Names (NovaRoman if applicable and legal names) of witnesses
- Statements of witnesses, plaintiff(s), and accused
- Investigator's findings of fact and evidence
- Investigator's conclusions
- NovaRoman and legal name of Investigator
- NovaRoman and legal Name of Curule Aedile who commissioned the investigation, if complaint not investigated by the Curule Aedile directly.
- Investigators appointed by a Curule Aedile to investigate charges
and complaints brought before the Curule Aedile shall be considered
commissioned representatives of their magistrate, and given full
cooperation in their investigations by all plaintiffs, witnesses, and
other citizens and associates of Nova Roma. Any citizen who feels
that an investigator thus appointed has abused their authority to
harass, insult, or otherwise damage a person may bring the matter to
the attention of either Curule Aedile, or any other Curule magistrate
who may wish to intervene, or in the case of Plebeians, any Tribune
of the Plebs.
- This edictum becomes effective immediately.
Given on the 3rd of June, in the year of the consulship of Marcus
Octavius Germanicus and Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, 2755 AUC.
Caeso Fabius Quintilianus
Senior Curule Aedile
03 Iunius 2755