Judicial Response to Mcarthian Query

Query submitted 10th of October 2016 by President Kit McCarthy of the Republic of Mcarthia to the Supreme Judge of the Grand Unified Micronational:

  1. Can there be a right of appellate from the Supreme Court of Mcarthia to the Supreme Court of the Grand Unified Micronational?
  2. If yes, can it be made a statutory requirement for parties under Mcarthian jurisdiction to consent to a GUM Supreme Court appeal?

Response provided on the 13th of October 2016 by the Supreme Judge of the grand Unified Micronational:

As it is currently constituted, I do not think the court is able to do as you request. I think that for us to interfere in the affairs of a state to that extent would be to essentially establish the nation in question as a ‘trust’ of the Grand Unified Micronational, a state of affairs which I would be reluctant to enter into (unless absolutely necessary) without approval of Quorum.
Under Article III, Chapter VI, s iii-xiv, there is no mention of a court case being able to be brought by one individual against another, except in cases where the individual in question may not be fairly tried in their respective home state.
This constitutes the preliminary opinion of the Supreme Justice, on the behalf of the Supreme Court of the GUM
If a further more detailed opinion is desired, then this will take time to prepare, and I would request that an application for a further opinion is submitted within one week of this preliminary opinion.

Quorum: 2/10/16

Present (listed in order of declaration of presence, with Vice-Chair’s nation listed first):

1. Austenasia (Chair Emperor Jonathan I)
2. Abelden
3. Uberstadt
4. Roseland
5. Adammia
6. Koss
7. Beacon City
8. Lundenwic
9. Paravia

Proceedings

1. Welcome
2. Vote on Loquntia’s membership application:
The application was passed successfully.
3. Update on Diplomabear: Diplomabear arrived in the Uberstadti consulate in Bellingham, Washington on the 23rd of September. The tour continues, though there was concern over how long the bear was allowed to stay in any one place. It was generally held that a week would be insufficient time to take the bear on tour, and a motion to enable nations to retain Diplomabear for longer and to give the Chair the authority to make amendment to the Diplomabear rota was passed.
4. Update on Micronationalism Guides: The situation remains as it was at previous session of Quorum.
5. Update on the work of the Statistics Secretary: The first batch of national statistics will be published shortly.
6. National Reports: Abelden, Uberstadt, and the Empire of Austenasia gave reports to Quorum.
7. AOB: The Republic of Vaarstead’s observer membership expires on the 3rd of October, 2016. A suggestion that certificates of membership in .pdf format be given to all members was floated, but no action was taken.
8. Final Points: Quorum was closed, and the date of the next session set for the 9th of October, 2016, at 20:00 BST.