The Marshallate Chain of Command
The chain of command for the marshallate is not only for reporting but for participants and marshals to seek guidance or appeal on marshallate issues. Under normal situations, the Marshal in Charge of an event is the final authority on issues that come up at that event and their decisions will stand until a senior marshal reviews the decision according to the same general chain that reports are sent in. If no senior marshal is present, the formal appeals process must be followed. (See [insert section].)
NOTE: Members of the Chivalry and Royal Peers are not "senior marshals" unless they happen to hold a senior office. However, given the expertise possessed by these peers, their input should be given due consideration but the Marshal in Charge has authority over participants regardless of rank.
Marshals of the Field and Group Marshals report to Regionals. Canton Marshals also report to their Baronial Marshal. Marshals of the Field residing in a barony are not required to report to the Baronial Marshal but it is courteous to do so, since the Baronial Marshal is responsible for reporting on their status.
Regional Marshals report to the Kingdom Deputy in charge of their activity (Marshal at Arms, Minister of Fence, Archer General and the Dean of the Equestrian College).
Principality Earl Marshals are in a unique position. On the one hand, they function like any other Armored Combat Regional Marshal and report directly to the Marshal of Arms. However, they are also traditionally expected to function within their principality much like the Earl Marshal of a kingdom. As such, they also report to the Coronet and serve on their principality council. The Principality Earl Marshal will also function as a sort of "chief of staff" for the senior marshals of the other martial activity areas but with the important difference that this is a "dotted line" relationship. The *direct* superior of a senior principality activity marshals is the kingdom deputy for that activity.
The Kingdom Deputies report to the Earl Marshal, as do all Special Deputies. Special Deputies are not part of the formal appeals chain but they should consulted when an issue arises that touches on their area of expertise. The Deputy Earl Marshal ("Drop Dead Deputy") becomes part of the chain of command in the absence of the Earl Marshal.
The Earl Marshal reports to both the Crown and to the Society Marshal. While the Crown and Earl Marshal are the final authorities on all martial matter within the kingdom, they cannot overrule Society regulations and policies. It should be noted, however, that the Crown and the Earl Marshal are given some latitude in interpreting and applying those policies.