============================= CFJ 3495 =============================
A non-player can hold an office and judge judgments.
Caller: Publius Scribonius Scholasticus
Called by Publius Scribonius Scholasticus: 16 May 2017
Assigned to o: 19 May 2017
Judged FALSE by o: 22 May 2017
(Called referenced Caller's arguments in CFJ 3488)
We can address it in two parts:
1. A non-player can hold an office.
2. A non-player can judge judgements.
The first appears to be true. Rule 1006 sets out the requirements of
> Officeholder is an office switch tracked by the ADoP, with possible
> values of any person or "vacant”.
However, it goes on to restrict the duration for which a non-player
may hold an office:
> If the holder of an office is ever not a player, it becomes vacant
Thus it is impossible for a non-player to ever take action under an
office, or to hold an office for any non-zero length of time. It may
be possible for a non-player to interrupt the occupancy of an office,
but it is not possible for a non-player to hold an office.
The second is more complicated.
Rule 991 allows the Arbitor to assign only players to a CFJ:
> When a CFJ has no judge assigned, the Arbitor CAN assign any player
> to be its judge by announcement, and SHALL do so within a week.
(It also sets out some criteria restricting the set of eligible
However, no rule requires that a judge be recused if they cease to be
a player, and Rule 591 allows the assigned judge to deliver judgement
regardless of eir status as a player:
> When a CFJ is open and assigned to a judge, that judge CAN assign
> a valid judgement to it by announcement, and SHALL do so in a
> timely fashion after this becomes possible.
It is indisputably possible for a player to cease being a player -
by deregistration, for example - between being assigned to a CFJ and
assigning judgement to it. As the rules make no provision for this
case, by Rule 2125, it is unregulated:
> The Rules SHALL NOT be interpreted so as to proscribe unregulated
Therefore, under narrow but possible circumstances, a non-player can
Thus, a non-player cannot hold an office, but can judge judgments.