Adeptus Arbites

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The Adeptus Arbites enforce the Lex Imperialis, Imperial law, embodied within the great Book of Judgement. Their organisation represents the soldiers and police of the Adeptus Terra.2
Each of the Imperium’s worlds have their own government, laws, and their own local police forces to enforce those laws. The Arbites concern themselves only with the enforcement of the Imperial law, the broader laws to which the entire Imperium is subject.
Utterly dedicated and without mercy, the Arbites are feared throughout the galaxy, for they are the agents of a harsh law, where failure and incompetence are crimes, and the only punishment is death. Arbites are empowered to act as judge, jury and executioner – citizens have no rights, only members of the Priesthood of Terra or the Inquisition could claim anything so elaborate as a trial.1

Organizational Structure

The overall leader of the Adeptus Arbites is the Grand Provost Marshal, who represents the organization on the Senatorum Imperialis. Below him are the Marshals of the Court which oversee galaxy-spanning precincts.2 Below the Marshals of the Court, the Arbites are internally divided into two subgroups; Judges, who deal with legal matters and the application of ten thousand years of case law and its precedents, and Arbitrators, the militant arm of the Arbites who perform the work necessary to apprehend and punish those who break the Emperor’s laws.

The Adeptus Arbites maintains a presence on almost every Imperial world, headquartered in fortified precinct courthouses. The courthouses are equipped to be self-sufficient and to support a complete Arbites army. They consist of armouries, dungeons, barracks, firing ranges, scriptories, archives, warehouses, kitchens, gymnasia and garages. Courthouses are sometimes a world’s only connection with the rest of the Imperium.2, 3 Senior Arbites fulfill both roles, with Judges getting their hands dirty, and Arbitrators learning to preside over lengthy court trials.

There are numerous ranks and roles within the Arbitrators:

Enforcer: act as an independent agents when they are for investigation roles
Verispex technicians: provide forensic evidence in a crime scene
Chasteners: involves the interrogation of prisoners
Patrol groups: prowl the dangerous under-sections of city hives
Shock troops: break up vicious queue wars which often develop outside government buildings
Execution teams: hound the guilty through barren wastes and labyrinthine tunnels
Snatch squads: apprehend targets for interrogation

Other kinds of Arbitrators include cyber-warfare specialists who apprehend cyber-criminals through the computer matrices of the Administratum and specialist investigators known as Detectives

Adeptus Arbites

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