The Code covers the basics of preferred manners of dealing with feuds between two Cartelites and the punishments mete out to those that cannot understand the limitations imposed by the Shadow. Because of the secretive nature of the Sixth Sect this has led to the creation of "Tribunals". Tribunals are a collection of three Officials who are charged with hearing the case of two Cartelites and then deciding their fate. The Tribunal is often overseen by the Administrator of the Territory if a major instance of the Code being broken occurs. During this both the accused and the plaintiff are watched by members of the Shadow. No one is allowed to enact challenge or vendetta when a Tribunal is convened. Anyone breaking this prohibition faces severe punishment from the Shadow themselves.
The result of the Tribunal is ruled after a clear majority is reached. The punishment is then handed out publicly with members of the Shadow presiding as law enforcement. The severity of the crime often dictates the severity of the punishment, and can range from a reprimand to public flogging and even repossession of Chained the person may own.
The basis of Entente is broken down into what are known as the "Terms". Each Term is a section within the Code that dictates action and punishment found congruent with that Term. In this manner all punishments fit the crime and all forms of conflict find a foundation of control to prevent all out war (something which was ignored during the Cartel Civil War). The words of the First Shadow state the code:
"A Tribunal shall be called if an Official sponsors a member's case for Tribunal, the sponsor may also be a Legate or a Master."
"If the judgement of a Tribunal affects the interpretation of the Code, then their interpretation shall be considered the right and truthful one. Such precedents shall be marked in the Code for further interpretation."
"The first Tribunal shall be made of three Officials: one from the Spear, one from The Crown and one from the Tome; who shall listen to the case of the Sponsoree's and their judgement shall be considered final unless appealed."
"A member may appeal the judgement of the first Tribunal if they gain a second sponsor, this second Trinbual will be made of three Legates: one from the Spear, one from The Crown and one from the Tome. The second Tribunal's ruling shall be considered final unless appealed."
"A member shall appeal to the council of Three Masters after they have gone before the first and then the second Tribunals. To come before the council the appealing member must have three sponsors to vouch for them."
"If a Tribunal is dismissed by a Master, then the Tribunal must gather new judges (Officials for the first, and Legates for the Second)."
"If a Tribunal is dismissed it remains at the level it was dismissed at. This means that the First Tribunal when dismissed recalls a new first Tribunal, a second Tribunal when dismissed recalls a new second Tribunal."
"A Master may only dismiss a Tribunal of the Council of Five Masters if three other Masters support their motion."
"If a Master dismisses the same Tribunal case three times then the case shall go directly before a vote by the Council of Five Masters."