In our household, there exists a justice system that parallels the system here in the United States in some ways but also has many differences.
Our Family Justice System:
In our house you are not guaranteed a trial by a jury of your peers. In fact, any peers in the house will be instructed to go home before the trial begins.
There are two judges, a primary or day judge and a secondary or evening judge.
You may be held without bail until a judge and trial are made available. (“You can sit in your room until your father gets home.”)
You may be tried and convicted more than once for the same crime, especially if the primary judge has found you guilty and handed down a sentence but feels that you still do not seem repentant enough. She can then order a second trial when the evening judge gets home from work, after which, a second sentence may be added on to the first.
Or, if you are found not guilty by one of the judges, you still could be found guilty by the other judge based on new evidence, or simply due to the fact that the second judge had a bad day at work and wishes to take it out on the defendants.
You WILL testify against yourself when instructed to do so by one of the judges.
Sometimes being a witness (tattler) can get you into worse trouble than being the one who committed the crime.
Sometimes, the primary judge has had enough, which she will indicate by loudly stating, “I have had enough!” She may then postpone a trial until the secondary judge gets home from work, but when the secondary judge gets home from work and is met at the door by two sobbing defendants and a primary judge who has had enough, he isn’t sure what the primary judge is expecting of him, so he will then repeat in an authoritative voice, the words that the primary judge is silently mouthing from behind the two sobbing defendants.
And finally, your punishment WILL be cruel and unusual (a week without TV, iPad, etc.).