Legal officers are the Baltic Union equivalent to jurists. With the universal militarization of Baltic society, someone with a degree in law essentially holds a military rank of an officer, with the unique duties of interpreting the law, judging offenses and arbitrating disputes between citizens.
The office of a Legal Officer is a highly prestigious one, but also demanding. In order to qualify for the job, one must complete three years of training in law, and several more practicing as Assistant Legal Officer. One must also maintain a pristine personal reputation as a reliable, trustworthy and upstanding citizen.
Although other Baltic universities have Faculties of Jurisprudence, the University of Vilnius is customarily regarded as the producing the best Legal Officers, most holding the job consequently being its graduates.
An Assistant Legal Officer actively partakes in the investigation of the case rather than merely evaluating the evidence against the law, it being the Legal Officer's duty to determine guilt or innocence. In practice, much of the investigation is handled by Assistant Legal Officers, the chief Legal Officer passing the verdict. One is expected to practice as ALO for at least 5 years before being eligible for a proper Legal Officer position.
Upon attaining the office, a community's Legal Officer is entitled to judge all crimes and disputes within his jurisdiction with the force of law. There is no option to appeal, the judgement of a Legal Officer being final, except in cases where it can be proven that the Legal Officer has personal interest or bias in the case(in which event the case is retried by a Legal Officer from a different district).
Although endowed with great authority, Legal Officers are also held to very high standards of conduct. An offense that would earn an ordinary citizen a mere reprimand would likely earn a Legal Officer banishment along with a permanent ban to practice law.
Long-standing and respected Legal Officers often also become their community's Oathkeepers upon retirement. They have such a pristine reputation that any agreement spoken in their presence is considered tantamount to a sworn oath and liable to charges of perjury if broken.