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Judge (Khura'in)
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The unnamed judge presided over Phoenix Wright's and Apollo Justice's cases in Khura'in.

CareerEdit

A visiting lawyerEdit

Main article: The Foreign Turnabout

The judge oversaw the trial of Ahlbi Ur'gaid. The accused was charged with larceny and murder, and the Divination Séance appeared to prove him guilty. Just as soon as he passed his judgement, a stranger burst into the courtroom and objected to the verdict. The stranger introduced himself as Phoenix Wright, a tourist visiting Khura'in. After a friendly greeting, the judge demanded to know why Wright forced his way to the empty defense bench and was interfering with the proceedings. Wright answered that the trial ended prematurely, and asked where Ur'gaid's defense attorney was. The judge laughed, and explained that trials in Khura'in did not need any, thanks to the infallible Insights provided by Princess Rayfa Padma Khura'in. This didn't agree with Wright, and he requested that the trial continue with him representing Ur'gaid. The judge tried to shoo the interloping lawyer away, but Gaspen Payne intervened and explained that Wright was a lawyer. The chief prosecutor felt that Wright's request ought to be granted, as did an amused Rayfa. Though reluctant to risk missing the dahmalan class he and his wife had scheduled, the judge had no choice but to continue the trial.

Many abandoned procedures were reintroduced during the course of the trial, such as cross-examination and presenting evidence. The judge had difficulty following along with these long-forgotten concepts, and often tried to end the trial before Wright had the chance to put up a proper defense. But Wright was not easily silenced, and the judge wound up missing his class, much to his wife's chagrin. He prolonged the proceedings only for the chance to see the look on Wright's face when the Defense Culpability Act condemned him. Wright defied all expectations by proving that there were too many contradictions in the case, and that even Rayfa's Insights weren't enough for a verdict. The judge was forced to remove the indignant princess from the courtroom and continue the trial.

Payne decided to call a witness to the crime: the judge's own dahmalan instructor, Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin. The judge enjoyed the soothing music the head monk initially played. But when Wright proved that Andistan'dhin was lying on the stand, the instructor changed his tune to a heavy metal ballad that made the judge's ears ring. Despite the witness's attempts to turn the entire gallery against Wright, it was revealed that the judge's dahmalan teacher was the culprit behind all crimes the accused was charged with. Though more surprised than anyone, the judge changed his earlier verdict and declared Ur'gaid not guilty. It was the first case in twenty-three years since the passing of the DC Act to have a defendant and their attorney win an acquittal.

Dinner and a double murder trialEdit

Main article: The Rite of Turnabout

Several weeks later, the judge and his family were invited to the home of Abbot Tahrust Inmee for the annual Feast of Blessings. He enjoyed the gingihl dishes prepared by Tahrust's wife Beh'leeb and passed the time with conversation concerning the game of Kachu'demal. He was unable to attend the Purification Rite the following day due to work. The day after, the abbot was found dead in the Inner Sanctum's spring, and Maya Fey was arrested on suspicion of his murder.

A few days after the rite, he presided over Maya's murder trials, rendering a "Guilty" verdict on her (and by extension, Wright, due to the DC Act), for the murder, only to eventually overturn it the next day (as it was proven that Tahrust had committed suicide), in conjunction with the "Not Guilty" verdict for the murder of Rheel Neh'mu. Before delivering his verdict, he promised Tahrust (who was being channeled by Maya at the time) to look after Beh'leeb in his absence.

Legal revolutionEdit

Main article: Turnabout Revolution

During the trial of Dhurke Sahdmadhi, the judge found himself in the unenviable position of serving at the bench while Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in was prosecuting, where he quickly found his authority usurped by the queen, she even once issued a Guilty verdict herself. After Ga'ran was arrested and dethroned for not having spiritual powers, the judge was able to deliver his "Not Guilty" verdict to Dhurke and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi.

Personality Edit

While he initially appeared to be just as contemptuous of defense attorneys as most of his country, and was so out of practice dealing with them it took him a few minutes to remember what cross-examination was, he soon was revealed to take his role as an impartial keeper of justice seriously. He is quite willing to endure scandal and humiliation to ensure order in the court (even forcing the princess of his country to leave the courtroom when she became too disruptive) and uncover the truth (despite how unpopular it proved to allow Wright to defend Ahlbi Ur'gaid in a normal court case, to the point where the gallery started to turn on him as well).

Although fair in court proceedings, he did initially harbor prejudice towards Wright, rarely missing an opportunity to laugh at his various misfortunes. By way of contrast he was respectful as possible to revered people such as Nahyuta, Tahrust, or members of the royal family. The sight of Amara Sigatar Khura'in becoming agitated was enough to make him hide under his bench and meekly beg for forgiveness.

DevelopmentEdit

  • The term "magistry" used to address the judge is a portmanteau of "magistrate" and "majesty" meant to give him a feeling of authority.[1]

TriviaEdit

  • The judge is presumably a Khura'inist clergyman. Up until about the early 2000s, all members of the clergy were given a specific mark of status in the form of a tattoo. The judge admitted to having one on his right buttock.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hsu, Janet. "Ace Trivia: Smorgasbord of Justice". Capcom Unity. Retrieved on 2016-09-02.
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