Space Law does NOT override the rules of the server! Rules first, space law later. Game staff will punish rule breaking, even if it was done under the guise of space law.
Space Law ONLY applies to the MRP server.
Updated on December 27 2023: Expedited Executions for Refusal of Mental Shielding, and removed multiple crime counts clause.
On Space Station 14, stations operate under abbreviated space law. All crew, passengers, and visitors aboard the station are expected to know and follow these laws (they are fairly common sense, only security and the captain need to know the times).
Treatment Of Prisoners
Prisoners still have certain rights that must be upheld by law enforcement:
- Prisoners must be granted adequate medical care. They should also be provided psychiatric and spiritual counselling if requested.
- Prisoners must be allowed access to communications equipment (Radios) so long as they are not abused.
- Prisoners must be granted clothing, food, water, shelter and safety. If the brig is no longer safe, confinement must be established in another location.
- Prisoners must be given access to legal counsel during an interrogation if requested and available.
- Prisoners must be given their shift mandated PDA after confinement has finished. Unless there is solid proof of PDA tampering, in which case the PDA is to be secured and replaced with a fresh one.
- Prisoners must be granted freedom of movement, and should not be restrained with handcuffs or other devices after incarceration unless there is an undue risk to life and limb. Similarly, any prisoners held for extended or permanent confinement should be held in the communal brig, and should not be confined to a solitary cell unless they pose a risk to life and limb.
Searches and Warrants
A personnel search is a seizure of the objects in a person's backpack, hands, coat, belt and pockets. If any contraband is found during a search the officer may choose to further the search into a detainment or simply confiscate the restricted items. After the search is conducted all legal items are to be returned to the person. A crewmate may legally decline any search conducted without a warrant while the alert level is green. Should be noted that if the alert level is blue or above all personnel searches are legal and no longer require a warrant.
A departmental search is the sweep of an entire area/department for contraband. It is recommended the officers are extremely thorough, checking all lockers, crates and doors. These can only be done with a warrant signed by the according department head or highest standing command staff (the captain in most cases).
A warrant is a signed document stating security may search a specific person or place. A warrant regarding a personnel requested by a normal officer may be approved by the captain, HoS or the department head of the person being search, however a warrant requested by the HoS can not be approved by themselves. Warrants for department sweeps may be signed off by the department's head or the highest ranking command staff. The process of writing a document may be disregarded IF the appropriate command member accompanies the officers throughout their search.
Any prisoner in custody can be subjected to implantation or implant removal procedures, so long as it's within reason. The process of adding an implant should not prolong the detainees sentence, meaning you can not hold them longer to administer the implant, unless stated otherwise. A former inmate can be requested to undergo implantation at a later point in time if they fit the circumstances during their confinement, they must comply. The following have been listed out with special circumstances, anything not in this list can still be applied, given proper legal context. A prisoner can still receive implantation procedures without meeting the circumstances if they give their clear permission.
Tracking Implants: Trackers can be applied to any suspect that has been convicted of a violent crime (the red linked crimes).
Mind Shields: Shields can be administered to any inmate who has been clearly mind controlled, lost control of themselves, or a suspect charged with unlawful control. Unlike standard implantation you may hold a prisoner until you finish issuing Mind Shields, so long as it's done in a timely fashion. If a suspect refuses cooperate or the implant fails to function they can be charged with Refusal of Mental Shielding.
A suspect can be forced to receive implant removal if there is strong reasonable proof that they have been implanted, such as an officer seeing them use one or their prints being on a discarded injector. Unlike implantation procedure a prisoner can have their sentence entirely delayed or extended until they comply with the procedure, as long as security are actively making attempts to preform it. Akin to implanting, if an inmate gives their clear permission, implant removal can proceed without proof.
All sentencing is to be handled by the Warden, if no Warden is available the HoS is to take over that duty, if there's no HoS it falls onto the highest ranking command member.
Use common sense and humanity when issuing punishments. You should not always seek out the highest punishment you can, you don't have to always give the maximum time or always look to demote someone. Always take in account the severity and only charge for what is needed for someone to learn their lesson.
Stackable Crimes: When working with confinement and extended confinement punishments, crimes are to be considered 'stackable' in the sense that if you charge someone with two or more different crimes, you should combine the times you would give them for each crime. Linked crimes, shown in matching colors on the Quick Crime Guide, can not be stacked and instead override each other, you should pick the highest crime that matches the case.
Repeaters: Repeated crimes are when someone is released for a crime and then goes to commit the same crime within the same shift. Repeated crimes can be charged with tacked-on time; first repeat: 3:00, second repeat: 6:00, third repeat: 9:00, fourth repeat: permanent confinement. The tacked-on time can extend over the normal confinement maximum time of 20 minutes without it being considered extended confinement. It should also be noted each tacked-on time is directly linked to one type of crime, so for say, if someone does their first repeat of trespass and petty theft, you can charge them with an extra 6 minutes.
Accessory, Attempting, And Intention: If someone intentionally, knowingly and substantially assists someone in enacting a crime they can be charged with the relevant crimes, such as an engineer giving someone tools, who says they are going to break into an area. Same goes for a clear and solid attempt at a crime, or a person who shows clear intent to act out a crime, such as a syndicate nuclear operative arming a nuke but getting arrested before it goes off, they can still be charged with terrorism. Does not apply to crimes that have an attempted listing already, like attempted murder.
Court: All major punishments can be fought against by the accused in a court case, except Expedited Execution. While court isn't necessary to follow through with the punishment, every prisoner being subject to a major punishment MUST be told their right to a trial. The prisoner may request their case be heard in court at any point during their sentence and it must be fulfilled (as long as there is an able lawyer present on the crew). If the trial does not end in their favor, security may proceed with their punishment and the prisoner can not request a second court hearing. A court case additionally can be delayed and handled at CentComm if the evacuation shuttle is on route, this will not allow you to follow through with things like execution without a hearing.
- Warning: For minor crimes, fix the issue then warn the person to not attempt the crime again, if they still proceed to do it at a later date, a brig time may be better.
- Confinement: The typical punishment, being confined in a cell for a temporary amount of time according to the crimes, not exceeding 20 minutes, unless dealing with repeated crimes.
- Demotion: Entails removing all departmental gear they have on their person and revoking the involved department access off their ID. This requires the captain's or involved department head's approval. Demotions should only be issued if the person pose a threat to their own department or are in a position where they have/can abuse their job's gear to commit further crimes.
- Extended Confinement: Being confined in the permanent brig for a temporary amount of time according to the crimes, exceeding 20 minutes. Max sentence is 45 minutes.
- Permanent Confinement: Being held in the permanent brig for the entire duration of the shift. Any persons subject to this punishment are required to be transported in cuffs to CentComm at the end of the shift. A permanent prisoner can not be deprived of anything covered by the section "Treatment Of Prisoners".
- Execution: A humane way of dealing with extremely unruly crewmates. A prisoner who has been given the death sentence may pick how they wish to be killed, common methods are firing line, lethal injection, exile, and high voltage electrocution. Another alternate method of "execution" is the process of placing a staff's mind into a borg, this is allowed so long as it is lawful. The remains are to be properly stored and transported to Central Command at the end of the shift. Execution can only be issued with the captain/acting captain's approval, if the HoS is acting captain or there is no acting captain, all heads of staff are to hold a vote on the matter.
- Expedited Execution: A form of execution used for when there is no point or heavy risk of going through proper procedure. The only difference between execution and the expedited version is the requirement of a trial. If an Expedited Execution is required, a trial is not. The only time this is used currently is when dealing with Mind Shield implants that broke on a prisoner, see: Refusal of Mental Shielding.
Quick Crime Guide
Linked crimes are shown in matching colors, and usually on the same row.
Extended Crime Listing
|To cause a public disturbance.
|Sometimes referred to as hooliganism. The catch-all for obnoxious crewmates. Covers things such as public nudity, needless insults, obstructing authorities, and inciting crime or violence.
|To take non-vital or inexpensive property of another individual, organization, or common property, without consent.
|The difference between petty theft and grand theft is based on how crucial the stolen item is, things like instruments, clothing and tools fall under petty theft. In most cases all you need to do is detain the thief, return the stolen item and let them go with a warning.
|Possession/Use of Illegal Substances
|To make, hold, or abuse restricted drugs or chemicals.
|This is to be followed in accordance with Standard Operating Procedure. If anything questionable is not brought up in SOP the captain or highest standing command staff may publicly restrict it.
|To enter a non-secured area without permission.
|It's best to just remove them from the area unless this is a repeated crime.
|To intentionally deface or superficially damage public or private property.
|Painting graffiti, smashing bar glasses, and cracking internal windows is vandalism, breaking a window into space or secure areas is not.
- Minor crimes. Most of these a warning can suffice instead of an arrest.
|To inflict unnecessary suffering or harm on a non-sapient being with malicious intent.
|This doesn’t include legitimate and authorized animal testing and usually doesn't extend to vermin or creatures that could pose a threat to the station.
|Damage/Destruction of Property
|To maliciously damage or deface public or private property or equipment
|Step up from vandalism but a step down from mass destruction.
|To recklessly put yourself or others in danger, either through direct action, or failure to act.
|Covers industrial accidents, industrial negligence, self-experimentation, or even medical malpractice.
|Failure to Comply
|To resist reasonable orders given by an authority. This extends to warrants and authorized searches.
|The order has to be reasonable and the person has to receive a good amount of warning before the arrest is issued.
|Possession of Restricted Gear
|To hold or use non-lethal items or objects that are restricted or illegal.
|This is mostly for syndicate contraband; EMAGs, syndicate gas masks, bloodred hardsuits, hijacked PDAs, or implants, however can sometimes extend to things the individual shouldn't possess like kevlar vests and security gear.
|To take part in a large group of personnel creating an unlawful public disturbance.
|Crimes like damage of property or battery are expected to be thrown on top of this charge. Leaders of a riot can be charged with all crimes that happen under their lead.
- Moderate crimes. Depending on the situation you may want to issue a warning instead of a detaining.
|To threaten to or to use physical force against someone without the intent to kill.
|Attempted murder and battery are different, make sure you've got it right.
|Breach of Arrest
|To intentionally resist and flee arrest or detainment by an authorized staff.
|This only applies if the person is actively being physically arrested. Includes people uncuffing or assisting others out of an arrest. Breach of custody is a separate crime.
|To take critical or unreplaceable property of another individual or organization without consent.
|The difference between petty theft and grand theft is based on how crucial the stolen item is, this mostly is used for the theft of command staff items, things like door remotes, hardsuits, jetpacks, and unreplaceable machine parts.
|To incidentally kill a sapient being without intent.
|Includes manslaughter in self-defense and negligent manslaughter.
|To cause massive damage to an area or major station system.
|This is mostly used for deadly bombings or sabotage of major station systems such as power production, cloning, substations, or atmos.
|Possession of Restricted Weaponry
|To hold or use a weapon that is unlawful or contraband.
|Everything from guns without a permit, deadly blades, explosives, syndicate firearms to explosive implants.
|To enter a secured area without permission.
|This covers places like telecomms, head offices, security zones, command areas, the vault and armory.
- Major crimes, times usually lasting around 8-14.
|To make an attempt to use physical force against someone with the clear intent to kill.
|Make sure you've got the proof to back up the intention claims.
|Breach of Custody
|To break out of a cell or custody with the intention of escaping.
|While rare, this charge can be bumped to an execution if the suspect has repeatedly attempted to break out of the permanent brig. Includes people breaking others out.
|Unlawful Control/Kidnapping/Hostage Taking
|To unlawfully restrain, transport, control or confine a sapient being against that individual’s will.
|A large range of things, used mostly as a catch all when dealing with unlawful control of another being.
|To kill a sapient being with malicious intent.
|This only changes from attempted to full on murder if the victim enters a state of being deceased, having to be resurrected.
- Extreme crimes, punishable by long or shift lasting sentences.
|To kill three or more sapient beings with malicious intent.
|Only applies when there have been multiple killings with intention.
|Prevention of Revival
|To render a body unresurrectable.
|This covers gibbing, spacing, intentionally hiding a body leading to it rotting, or other ways of preventing a body with a soul from being resurrected.
|Refusal of Mental Shielding
|To refuse to comply with a reasonable Mind Shielding procedure.
|Applies if the suspect is excessively uncooperative or the implant fails to function due to the mental state of the prisoner already being too far gone. If the implant fails the maximum punishment is upped to Expedited Execution.
|To engage in maliciously destructive actions which threaten to destroy, or successfully destroy a vessel or habitat.
|Summed up; extreme sabotage of station systems or setting off self-destruction systems.
- Capital crimes that usually lead to a death sentence or shift lasting detainment.