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The Hall of Judgement is the holy sanctum of the Adeptus Arbites.[1]

Located on Terra, the Hall of Judgement is a relatively modest structure compared to the other agency department's on Terra. Expanding much further beneath the earth than above it, the Hall is a heavily armed fortress bristling with anti-aircraft cannons, automated gun turrets, gunship launch bays, and Gun Servitors. Many rumors surround the Hall of Judgement, including that its deepest cells hold mad heretics from a bygone age and that the Emperor himself appears in mirrors to deliver his verdict to the accused.[3]

The Hall of Judgment contains the complete Book of Judgement of the Lex Imperialis. Volume upon leather-bound volume sits upon rows of iron shelves that fill its walls. Every row of the Hall home to ten thousand volumes, the shelves soaring a hundred metres up towards the vaulted ceilings􀀎 Over the ages, the Hall has been expanded and extended many times, so that it is now an entire complex covering many acres, with miles of corridors, levels, and rooms􀀎 Scholars, scribes, and law lords pace the time-worn marble floors, while above their heads, on the narrow gantries and ladders that cover the shelf stacks like a spider’s web, crawl legal assistants and low-ranking functionaries, searching through the detritus of judgement for weeks and months at a time to find just a single reference􀀎.[2]

Every Adeptus Arbites Judge, at some point in his career, attempts a pilgrimage to the Hall of Judgement, there to study the full intricacies of the law􀀎 Many spend long years there, for the most heinous, subtle, or far-reaching crimes often require a lengthy process of research to pass judgement􀀎.[2]

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