Hall of Justice (haal ov juh-stuhs)
Located in the center of Ubressa stands a large but relatively plain three-story building. Made of stone and bearing little ornamentation outside a carved name above the door, the Hall of Justice serves as both a courthouse and worship hall. The third floor of the Hall is predominantly reserved for the temple and priest's quarters. The second floor holds administrative offices and record rooms, while the first floor is dominated by three courtrooms. The largest is reserved for criminal trials, while each of the smaller courtrooms handles civil affairs. The basement contains ten cells, designed as holding areas for prisoners awaiting trial.
Purpose / Function
The Hall of Justice serves a dual purpose. Its primary duty is as a courthouse and civic building, but it also houses a temple on the first floor to allow the faithful or those who seek out the faithful a place of worship.
Made of quarried granite, the Hall of Justice is non-descript, standing out among the more visually ornate buildings in the core of Ubressa. Above the double doors that lead into the hall is carved the building's name in the script of the Common language. Windows are made of simple, lead-paned glass, while the interior is likewise spartan and utilitarian. Granite columns support the second and third floors, each bearing wrought-iron sconces for torches, while furnishings are simple oak or pine affairs.
Few people consider the Hall of Justice a place to visit. Those who do so willingly come to the Hall in search of records or to have contracts signed under observation. The remainder come to the Hall to bring a case before the Judiciary or Arbiters in residence, or to provide information for a case. The Hall of Justice handles both civil and criminal matters for the Kingdom of Falcrest, with civil cases ranging from land rights to marriage (and dissolution) ceremonies, consumer and trade grievances, contract disputes, and civic grievance. The criminal cases range from petty crimes such as panhandling, trespassing, and vandalism to capital crimes such as murder, theft, arson, and treason.