Chain of Command and Reporting

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Marshallate chain of command

The full chain of command of the marshallate for armoured combat in Lochac is as follows:

  • The Board of SCA Australia Ltd and SCANZ Inc Committee
  • the Society Marshal
  • the Society Armored Combat Marshal
  • the Crown of Lochac
  • the Earl Marshal
  • the Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal
  • Group Armoured Combat Marshal of Baronies and Shires
  • Group Armoured Combat Marshal of subsidiary groups such as cantons and colleges
  • the Marshal-in-Charge of an event or practice
  • the responsible marshal for the field
  • field marshals.

As per Corpora, real-world law always takes precedence over all SCA laws.

Reporting requirements

General

  1. Reporting is an important function of the marshallate. The flow of information from individual marshals through Group Armoured Combat Marshals to the Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal and Earl Marshal, and ultimately to the Society Marshal is what allows those officers to make informed decisions about the game.
  2. Reporting of incidents as required by these procedures does not constitute formal escalation, and will not be accepted as such. Incidents can be entirely and satisfactorily resolved at a lower level of the marshallate, but must still be reported to the Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal and above. If formal escalation of any incident is required, it must follow the procedures set out in Sanctions and Appeals.
  3. Failure to report as required may be grounds for actions such the removal of a group marshal, or the suspension of a marshal's marshallate authorisation.
  4. Failure to report on injuries or disciplinary incidents may be grounds for suspension of authorisations or further sanctions.
  5. Reports are to be submitted electronically.

Injury reporting

Injury reporting procedures are set out in the section on Combat Injury Procedures.

Reporting dates

  1. Group Armoured Combat Marshals of baronies and shires must report to the Kingdom Armoured Marshal quarterly, by the 1st of February, May, August, and November.
  2. Canton and college Group Armoured Combat Marshals must report to the Group Armoured Combat Marshal of their parent group by the 1st of January, April, July and October.
  3. The dates on which officers, including marshals, must report are set out in Lochac Kingdom Law. The laws of Lochac can be found on the Kingdom Seneschal's website at https://seneschal.lochac.sca.org/laws-of-lochac-2/ . All marshals who are required to report on a regular basis should familiarise themselves with the schedule set out in those laws.

Marshal-in-Charge of an event or practice

  1. Other than reports of suspension of authorisation per Suspension of authorisations or serious injury reports as outlined in Combat Injury Procedures, reports should be supplied to the Group Armoured Combat Marshal of the group sponsoring the event within 30 days of the date of the event.
  2. Reports must note any incidents where:
    • Someone was injured (refer to Combat Injury Procedures)
    • A fighter or marshal had to be disciplined
    • Disputes occurred over understanding of rules, acceptability of equipment, or personal conduct which did not require disciplinary action.
  3. In the event that an incident occurs, a brief report should be gathered from all involved, including other marshals on the field, chirurgeons etc. These reports should be noted in writing and taken as soon as practical after the incident.

Group Armoured Combat Marshal of a branch

  1. Reports from Baronial or Shire Group Armoured Combat Marshals of groups that have subsidiary branches, including colleges and cantons should include a summary of the armoured combat reports received from the Group Armoured Combat Marshal of the subsidiary group(s).
  2. Reports should contain a brief summary of the state of armoured combat in the group and details of any incidents or injuries incurred at official events or practices.
  3. In addition to the regular reports, Group Armoured Combat Marshals must provide any additional reports asked for by the Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal.

Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal

  1. The Kingdom Armoured Combat Marshal reports to the Earl Marshal quarterly by the 15th of February, May, August, and November, and to the Society Armored Combat Marshal quarterly.
  2. The report should contain a summary of the state of armoured combat in the kingdom, and details of any incidents, injuries or sanctions that occurred during the quarter.

Earl Marshal

The Earl Marshal must report to the Crown of Lochac, Lochac Kingdom Seneschal quarterly by the 15th of February, May, August, and November, and the Society Marshal quarterly by the 15th of March, June, September and December. The report of the Earl Marshal must contain:

  1. a summary of the state of all combat-related activities in the kingdom
  2. a summary of the current authorisations in the kingdom
  3. details of any sanctions and disciplinary actions with a span greater than a single event
  4. a summary of all injuries reported in that quarter
  5. a summary of all test programmes underway or completed in that quarter.