Law and Policy
Barony of Stonemarche - Policies and Procedures
Baronial Officer Selection Procedure
1. Outgoing officers announce
their desire to step down by publishing a notice
of the vacancy in Carved in Granite.
2. Potential Candidates must
contact the Seneschal and outgoing officer. In
the case of the Seneschal stepping down, they
are to contact the Outgoing Seneschal, the Chronicler
and the Landed Baron and Baroness.
3. Candidates talk to the Seneschal
and the out going officer to determine the requirements
of the position, and whether the candidate(s)
possess the minimum qualifications to successfully
hold the position. In the case of the Seneschal
stepping down, the Outgoing Seneschal and Landed
Baron and Baroness will determine if the candidate
4. The names of qualified candidates
and/or a letter of intent from the candidate(s)
are published in Carved In Granite. Only in the
case of the Seneschal is a letter of intent required.
5. Once the qualified candidatesí
names have been published in Carved in Granite,
anyone who wishes to send commentary on the candidates
should contact the Seneschal and outgoing officer.
In the case of Seneschal commentary should be
sent to the Outgoing Seneschal, Chronicler and
Landed Baron and Baroness.
6. In the case of only one qualified
candidate, an announcement of that fact is made
at Curia. If there is no dissenting voice at Curia,
the Candidate takes the office. In the case of
a voice of dissent, a motion for a vote is called
and if seconded then a vote is required. The Seneschal
shall call a vote and voting shall be determined
as outlined in the Baronial Voting section. The
mechanics of polling the eligible voters shall
be determined at the discretion of the Seneschal.
In the case where a local officer is required
by Kingdom Law to be warranted or approved by
their Kingdom superior, the officerís replacement
does not become official until the Kingdom superior
has given their approval.
7. In the case of more than one
candidate, an announcement of the candidates is
made at Curia, and the candidates or other members
of the Curia may speak. The Seneschal shall call
a vote and voting shall be determined as outlined
in the Baronial Voting section. The mechanics
of polling the eligible voters shall be determined
at the discretion of the Seneschal. Voting will
continue until a single candidate has received
a majority of eligible votes.
Baronial Officer Terms
1. All terms have a duration
of two years. An individual may serve an unlimited
number of consecutive terms.
2. For purposes of determining
expiration dates of terms, the officers have been
divided into two groups, whose terms expire on
a. Group One:
Exchequer, Chronicler, Knight Marshal, Minister
of Arts and Sciences, Chancellor Minor, Fencing
Marshal, and Keeper of Gold Key.
b. Group Two:
Seneschal, Granite Pursuivant, Chatelaine, Minister
of the Lists, Chamberlain, Captain of Archers,
and Web Minister.
3. Terms for the groups will
expire as follows:
a. Group One:
March Curia of odd years
b. Group Two:
March Curia of even years.
the 2004 selection, only the Exchequer, Chronicler
and Minister of Arts and Sciences need to announce,
as the others all changed this year.
4. Prior to the expiration of
their term, officers will take the following steps:
20: Submit an announcement for publication in
Carved in Granite informing the populace that
the term is expiring, and whether or not they
wish to serve another term. Also notify the seneschal.
b. The Chronicler
publishes all announcements and/or letters of
intent in the January Carved in Granite.
candidates, including the incumbent if appropriate,
send in resumes and/or letters of intent, as specified
in the Officer Selection Procedures.
names are published for comment in the February
Carved in Granite.
e. At the March
Curia officers are chosen to fill those positions
whose terms are ending, as specified in the Officer
f. Newly selected
officers will be formally presented to the Landed
Baron and Baroness as the first available event
following the March Curia.
5. If an officer steps down prior
to the normal end of their term, the following
a. The Drop
Dead Deputy for the office will take over and
begin the officer selection process. If the Drop
Dead Deputy is willing to continue in the office,
Curia may choose to wait until the normal end
of the original officerís term.
b. The new
officerís term will expire at the end of the current
term if more than a year remains in the current
less than a year remains to be served on the current
term, the newly selected officer will continue
in the office through the end of the next term.
Limitations on Officers and Their Deputies
1. Any person holding the position
of Drop-Dead Deputy must be willing to take over
the office till the standard process can be used
a. An individual
may serve as a drop-dead deputy to no more than
one office at a time, unless an exception is granted
2. No individual may hold multiple
offices, or hold the position of Drop-Dead Deputy
to any office while also holding another office,
unless an exception is granted by Curia.
3. Other types of deputies are
Discussion occurred as to whether a grievance
procedure needed to be defined. It was decided
that having regularly expiring terms of office,
in conjunction with the procedures already in
place at the Kingdom and Society levels, should
be sufficient to handle any likely problems.