Senatus consultum ultimum on magistrate functions and vacancies

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SENATUS CONSULTUM ULTIMUM ON MAGISTRATE FUNCTIONS AND VACANCIES

I. This Senatus consultum ultimum is issued by the Senate under the authority granted to it under section V.E of the Constitution of Nova Roma and under the constitutional authority of the Senate as the supreme policy-making authority for Nova Roma.

II. In the absence of both of the censors then the corporate functions of that office shall be transferred to the Princeps senatus.

III. In the absence of any other pair of magistrates, other than the censors and the consuls, then any or all of the functions of the vacant offices shall be transferred to the Senate. In the absence of both of the censors the functions of that office, not including the corporate functions, shall transfer to the Senate. In the absence of both of the consuls all of their functions shall only be transferred to the Senate if there are no praetors in office. The Senate may elect to exercise all, some, or none of any transferred functions either directly, or indirectly by appointing an officer(s) of the Senate to exercise some of those transferred functions on its behalf.

IV. Upon enactment of this Senatus consultum ultimum:

A. The only lawful method of subsequently superseding, amending or repealing this Senatus consultum ultimum must be by way of a Senatus consultum ultimum, that must achieve an extraordinary majority before it can be enacted. Any other method or attempt shall be illegal and forbidden. The Princeps senatus may at his/her discretion replace the requirement above for an extraordinary majority with a requirement for a special majority, or a simple majority.

B. No other Senatus consultum ultimum shall be enacted where the proposed content of which conflicts, negates, overrides, limits or otherwise affects in a negative manner the contents and/or purposes of all or any part of this Senatus consultum ultimum, whether directly or indirectly other than by the method at specified at section IV.A of this Senatus consultum ultimum.

V. This Senatus consultum ultimum shall terminate on the 31st December 2022, unless it shall be terminated earlier under the process described at section IV.A of this Senatus consultum ultimum.

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