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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bo'DIj

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, June 16, 2013
> Klingon word: bo'DIj
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: court

AFAIK never used in a Klingon sentence.

Note the apparently related *verb* {ghIpDIj} "court martial" -- also never used in canon.

The Bortas under the command of a Captain Duras was crippled by the Enterprise in 2152; Archer was captured and put on trial on on the Narendra III outpost for conspiring against the Klingon Empire and fomenting revolt.  The trial was presided over by a "magistrate" and Archer was defended by advocate Kolos. (ENT "Judgment")

Kirk and McCoy were tried on Kronos for assassinating Chancellor Gorkon.  General Chang spoke for the prosecution; IIRC there was no mention of a defense advocate. (ST6)

The *mek'ba* {meqba'} is that portion of a Klingon trial or appeal in which evidence is heard during which all evidence must be heard in open council [cf. TNG "Sins of the Father"]

Formal Starfleet court martials at a starbase were prominently featured in TOS "Court Martial" and TNG "Measure of a Man".  Shipboard court martials were seen in TOS "The Menagerie, Pt. I-II" and TOS "Turnabout Intruder".

Related words:

ghIpDIj    court martial (v)
noH 		judge, estimate (v)
'oD 		arbitrate, mediate(v)
qIch 		condemn

meqba' 	[type of legal proceeding] (n)
ruv 		justice (n)
teblaw' 	jurisdiction (n)
yoj 		judgment (n)
loHwI' 	magistrate (n)
pach moQ  	(High Court) gavel (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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