iGolder Criminal Procedure Rules
This page is not about a dispute resolution. If you
wish to file a dispute against another iGolder member, please visit our
dispute procedure rules. This page describes our policy regarding the rules to file a criminal
complaint against an iGolder member. We have zero tolerance for crime, and
iGolder will assist law enforcement agencies dealing with criminal activities.
iGolder will cooperate, provided the search warrant is of proper
jurisdiction regarding a crime, however iGolder will not
respond to fishing expeditions, where a government agency may ask for account
information without probable cause and a court order of proper
To further protect our members, iGolder will disclose private information about a specific account
only if the following rules are guaranteed to be respected:
- The individual has the right to know what he/she is being accused of.
- The individual has the right of a hearing to confront his accusers.
- The individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- The individual shall not be a witness against himself.
- The individual shall not be accused twice for the same crime.
- The individual has the right of a trial by jury of his peer.
- The court must fully instruct jurors about
- Each juror has the right to refuse serving on the jury.
- Each juror is guaranteed a minimum compensation of 1 gr of gold per
hour (see below for details).
The plaintiff (government) must provide a minimum of 1,000 gr
of gold as a
This reserve will be used to pay the jurors at the rate of 1 gr
hour, and in the case the individual is innocent, 100 gr
of gold will
transferred to the innocent as compensation for stress and time spent in court.
If there is no trial by jury, iGolder will consider the case without merit and
the entire gold will go towards the defendant.
In the case the individual is proven guilty by the jury, the
gold belonging to the criminal will be sent to the victim(s) as restitution. The
victim must be an individual or a group of individual where their property had
been violated. There is no such thing as "Society" or "The People" as a
victim of a crime. You need to understand what
private property is to understand
what a crime is. In no case the gold will be transferred to finance the
bureaucrats. Each year, the taxpayers are forced to fork billions of dollars to the
government promising to deliver "justice". If you believe in justice, then
it follows the compensation must go towards the victim(s); not the bureaucrat
who get paid by the coerced taxpayers. Rewarding the bureaucrats
with crime proceeds is a moral hazard.
Why Pay the Jurors?
We believe forced labor is a form of slavery, which is a crime. Suppose
that a private employer, offering low wages for long hours of unpleasant work,
failed to find enough workers and solve the problem by picking men at random and
treating to imprison them if they refused to work for him. He he would be
indicted on charges of kidnapping and extortion. This is exactly how the
government hires people to fight war or sit on a jury.
Such a situation of forcing people to work without compensation is
unacceptable - even in the name of "justice". One cannot pursue justice by
causing injustice to someone else. After all, the Thirteenth Amendment to
the United States Constitution says:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly
convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their
The 13th Amendment protects against involuntary servitude; it offers no
exception for jury duty. The 14th Amendment, among other things, guarantees
"equal protection of the laws". We argue that demands for service on a
jury impose a burden on individual which is far greater than on those whose
financial situations are far less precarious.
Because government has a monopoly on
the justice apparatus and the jury is our last line of defense against tyranny, we have no choice to include a trial by jury for our
members. We live a dilemma: if we let the government rule on a crime, then
our members are at the whim of the bureaucrats. On the other hand, forcing
people to serve on a jury is nothing more than involuntary servitude. This
is why we require the court to give the option to the jurors to serve voluntary,
and require the court to pay the jurors a fair compensation.
We believe a trial by jury of our peers is our best option to
ensure a fair trial. A trial by jury does not mean that the jurors shall
be forced to work without compensation however. This is why, our rules
entitles each juror 1 gram of gold per hour, with a minimum of 4 grams per day.
After all, most state laws require an employer to pay a minimum of 4 hours at
normal wages, so we require the same - a minimum compensation of four hours of
work regardless if the juror only spent a few minutes on the case for the entire
day. The juror shall be paid for every hour spent on the case, including
time spent in traffic, time waiting at the court, time on the telephone or
reading documentation. The juror's compensation shall not be taxed in anyway.
This may sound expensive, however this is nothing if you
compare with other expenses regarding a criminal trial. On a criminal
case, the government can easily spend one million dollars to gather evidences of
crime, yet there is nothing for the jurors. Some of the top lawyers are
making more per hour (at the taxpayer expenses), than the twelve-jury members
are making combined. The US Department of Justice spent $43.5 billions in 2007, and
nowhere in the budget is mentioned anything compensating the jurors - the most
important individuals delivering justice. By paying the jurors, justice
will be honored - a new paradigm for a change.