Talk: Laws and justice of the Seven Kingdoms

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Crimes and Punishments

  • Wildlings are executed if caught south of the Wall.[1]
  • Slavery is illegal. The punishment for enslavement is execution.[2]
  • Poachers and thieves may be forced to row ships as a punishment for their crimes.[3]
  • A man who steals from a sept might be judged to have stolen from the gods, and so receive a harsher punishment.[4]
  • A prostitute accused of carrying a pox might be punished by having her private parts washed out with lye before being thrown into a dungeon.[4]
  • Being caught abed with another man's wife can lead to being sent to the Wall.[5]
  • If the queen of the Seven Kingdoms were to commit adultery, it would be considered high treason.[6]
  • Some lords ban smallfolk from keeping bows as an attempt to keep them from poaching [7]

Historical Punishments

  • In ancient days, wrongful deaths could be addressed by the paying of a blood price, and in the Age of Heroes a man's life might be reckoned at being worth no more than a sack of silver [8]
  • Being caught smuggling by the Sea Watch about Dragonstone was death in the days of King Aerys.[9]

On extremely rare occasions, the lords of the kingdom may be gathered together to decide some great matter. The last time a Great Council was convened, it chose the next king of the Seven Kingdoms, overriding the proper lines of inheritance to give the crown to the youngest son of Maekar, Aegon V ahead of his elder brothers[10].

Lords in Westeros once had the right to the first night i.e. the custom of bedding newly-wed common women before their husbands. Queen Alysanne convinced King Jaehaerys I to abolish it [11][12] but it is still practiced illegally in some parts of the North[13].