New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A15466
A court trial is being conducted by a local official, who was appointed by the Regent. The Regent is seated on the stone steps leading to a wooden porch. The Regent is Ras Tafari Makonnen, who later became Emperor Haile Selassie I. In Ethiopian tradition, all people had a right to a trial. If the person was not satisfied with the outcome, he or she could appeal the decision to a higher court, and eventually bring the matter before the Emperor himself, in a court known as the Chilot. This tradition was known as Abetuta, 1922.