Redrafted Charter of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council

(Originally posted May 25, 2011) Over the past few weeks there has been an intense debate about theVampi(y)re Judicial Council (VJC). Much of this debate led to a complete redraft of the the Charter, and the setting up of a forum to act as a platform for the VJC within the Community.  The forum is here. The redraft is presented below:

 
Charter of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council
Contents:
Section A – Basic Info
1.  Definition
2.  Statement of Purpose
3.  Mission Statement
4.  Aim
5.  Scope
6.  Authority
Section B – Structure and Function
8. Functional Bodies
9. Functional Platform
10. Membership of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council
11. Mechanics of the Judicial Assembly
12. The Code of Conduct of the VJC
13. The Member Bill of Rights
14. Representation
15. Ratification
Section C – General
16. Glossary of terms
Section A
1. Definition of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council (VJC):
The Vampi(y)re Judicial Council (VJC) is an ad hoc (single purpose or dedicated) Council of equals co-operating together for the purpose of promoting and protecting the safety of individual Members and consenting member Groups in collaboration with each other and within the greater Vampi(y)re Community; acting as the expression of the Members desire to safeguard and protect the greater Vampi(y)re Community from dangers and radical elements perceived to be presented by individuals and Groups both within and without the greater Vampi(y)re Community, which could result in harm to the integrity and public image of the Greater Vampi(y)re Community and its members; and by its actions to promote a positive image of the greater Vampi(y)re Community.
2. Statement of purpose:
The collaboration of Groups and Individuals in the greater Vampi(y)re Community for the sole purpose of making the VC a safer place by their agreement on which entities both within and without the sphere of influence of the VJC constitute a danger to, or have endangered the greater Vampi(y)re Community or the membership of the VJC in any manner, shape or form, and by the expression of their desire to do so in the form of a ballot, to exclude these entities from the portion of the greater Vampi(y)re Community that falls under the sphere of influence of the VJC in the form of voluntary membership.
3. Mission Statement:
3.1 To publicly denounce and separate the portion of the Vampi(y)re Community voluntarily associated with the VJC from individuals partaking of criminal activities and activities which bring the Vampi(y)re Community into disrepute.
3.2 To determine the presence and severity of threats from internal or external sources, and suggest corrective actions and to warn the greater Vampi(y)re Community of these threats.
3.3 To mediate conflicts between houses and or individuals when requested to do so by the affected parties.
4 Vision:
Ensuring a safer environment for all members of the Vampi(y)re Community.
5. Aim of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council
The aim of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council is to act as a co-operative body, representative of the membership of the VJC – and to achieve and maintain the following aims within the greater Vampi(y)re Community:
5.1 To be the expression of the desire of the whole voluntary membership to keep the VC safe and orderly for all who form part of the Vampi(y)re Community, including self-identified Vampi(y)res, Donors, Swans, Otherkin, and all who form part of Vampi(y)re Groups and the Vampi(y)re culture.
5.2 To be the expression of the desire of the whole voluntary membership to protect the image of the self-identified Vampi(y)re Community and its integral components (including self-identified Vampi(y)res, Donors, Otherkin, and all who form part of Vampi(y)re Groups and the Vampi(y)re culture) from defamation, misrepresentation in any form which negatively affects the image, safety and integrity of the VC, by both vampiric and non-vampiric individuals both within and without the Vampi(y)re Community, or comprises a direct assault on the human rights, dignity of the individual.
5.3 To assist on request, in the form of mediation, any member Groups or individual Members who experience difficulties with other VC entities in matters which may extend beyond the recognized boundaries of the autonomy and independence of each member Group, and which do or may be perceived to grow to affect the broader Vampi(y)re Community in a negative sense.
5.4 To promote co-operation between member Group level and individual Members, within the voluntary membership, to ensure that SuspensionsExcommunications and Sin Nomines of entities are upheld within the sphere of influence of the member Groups of the VJC.
5.5 To jointly promote by its existence and action within the description of the Charter, both within and without the VJC and the greater Vampi(y)re Community, the knowledge and public image that the portion of the greater Vampi(y)re Community which forms part of the VJC sphere of influence will not tolerate the advancement of criminal, dangerous and anti-social behavior which threatens the public image, integrity, dignity and well-being of the Vampi(y)re Community.
6. Scope of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council:
6.1 The Vampi(y)re Judicial Council is not a controlling body of any kind, does not constitute any form of governing body, and hereby denies categorically that any decisions made by theAssembly of the VJC in any way affect any entity outside the membership of the VJC other than to exclude them from membership, participation, and acknowledgment  from the portion of the greater Vampi(y)re Community which falls within the sphere of influence of the membership of the VJC itself.
6.2 All eligible individuals and Groups within the greater Vampi(y)re Community are encouraged to join and participate in the VJC, with the aim of benefiting the VC, and to make the Greater Vampi(y)re Community a safer place for all.
6.3 The point of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council is not to force any one Member or member Group’s views on the collective membership of the VJC, or on any other Group, but to foster co-operation between Groups and Members who hold differing cultural viewpoints and adhere to diverse beliefs, but who desire to co-operate in order for the VJC to achieve its aims. This includes items such as cultural differences between various VC Groups (i.e. ranks and titles of Gotham, the Black Veil, spiritual or religious beliefs etc).
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