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"The Courts take even longer to decide things than the Senate."
Padmé Amidala

The Supreme Court was the highest court of law in the Old Republic, and composed the judicial branch of the Republic's government. The Supreme Court was headquartered in the Galactic Courts of Justice Building on Coruscant.

The Court consisted of twelve justices (each addressed as "Your Honor"); one of them was the Chief Justice who headed both the Court and the judicial branch. The Supreme Chancellor apparently could influence appointments to the Court in some way (at least during Palpatine's tenure), most likely through nominations.

The Supreme Court, in addition to serving as a 'court of last resort' and as a determiner of constitutional legality, the Court also tried cases involving the most interstellar matters in the Republic, such as that of Supreme Chancellor Valorum, who they called before them over charges of corruption. However, at least some cases (including the trial of senators for treason) were handled by the Senate. The Court apparently had the ability to try the same case more than once; this may mean that the Republic's judicial system had no concept of double jeopardy. The Court had the ability to issue subpoenas and writs. Evidence of this can be seen in the four trials of the Trade Federation vs. the Royal House of Naboo after the Invasion of Naboo. Either that, or the proceedings always ended in a mistrial, necessitating another.

When the New Republic took Coruscant in 7 ABY, the Supreme Court was replaced by the Court of Justice.

Behind the scenes

It is interesting to note that there are an even number of justices in the Supreme Court. No mention has yet been made on how split decisions are handled or avoided. This may be an explanation for having four trials of Nute Gunray, if the Court was split in deciding each of them.

Appearances

  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Mentioned only)

Sources

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This article uses material from the "Supreme Court" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Star Wars Fanon

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The Supreme Court was the Judicator in the Fifth Galactic Empire.


This article uses material from the "Supreme Court" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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