Nemo iudex in causa sua

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What is PF policy on mentors imposing infraction points for offensiveness against them?

Natural justice normally requires that nobody should be a judge in his own cause … see
A person who makes a decision should be unbiased and act in good faith. He therefore can not be one of the parties in the case, or have an interest in the outcome. This is expressed in the Latin maxim, nemo iudex in causa sua: "no man is permitted to be judge in his own cause"
This a fundamental principle of private law in the UK, and also I believe in Canada … I don't know about the USA.

Accordingly one would expect that if a mentor is insulted, s/he would report it in the usual way, and another mentor would deal with it.

Is that PF policy?

If not, shouldn't it be?

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The entire staff can view all infractions issued. If there any objections, the infraction might be reversed.

Also, clear violations of the posting guidelines require no second opinons. If the call is somewhat subjective, often a mentor will post a question asking for opinions.

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