The Court is composed of representatives from each of the stellar nations. Its primary task is to settle legal disputes between nations, and its decisions are enforceable through the Concord military. The judicial branch is lorbidden from involving itself in legal disputes internal to any stellar nation except the Concord itself. The Court serves as the final authority for the various planetary, system, and neutrality courts throughout the Concord.
An appointment to the Court lasts 20 years, but no Justice may hold office for more than a single term. Each stellar nation appoints a single Justice to the Court. Each year, the Justices decide among themselves who will serve as Chief Justice, the individual with final responsibility for establishing the order in which the Justices hear cases and render their decisions. The Galactic Court operates year-round. Though the Justices are not required to sit in a single room to argue out their cases, they normally do.
The Galactic Court holds powers similar to those of the courts of the Borealis Republic and the Union Df Sol. It can impeach any other Concord official, including nation-appointed ministers. A majority vote is required to begin the impeachment proceedings, and a two-thirds majority is needed to impeach. The Court is quick to hear all appeals brought into its jurisdiction, normally hearing a case within a month of filing, though politically sensitive cases are sometimes delayed for years.
With contact with the Verge still new, the Court is bracing itself for a storm of appeals from the surviving outposts applying for independence. So far, Verge-related appeals have centered around old claims of system ownership between competing stellar nations. Chief Justice Sheila Lecoq (Borealin) has scheduled cases to be heard, through a Grid link, on Bluefall in the coming year. The most hotly contested claim is a renewed effort by VoidCorp to absorb the sesheyans on Grith into the corporate structure. VoidCorp wants the Court to set aside the ruling of Ari Mahdra, a Concord Administrator who recognized sesheyan independence on Grith in 2499. Officially, Lecoq is waiting for all sides to file their claims and for an open space on the Court’s docket, some year in the future. In fact, she’s convinced that a vote at the current time would not favor VoidCorp and might further aggravate tensions in the region.