These are relevant references from the Books where Petition is mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.
I wish you well,
From my sea bag I handed Turgus a letter. "In this letter," I said, "I have inscribed a petition that you be pardoned for your offenses in Port Kar. It is addressed to the council of captains, that body sovereign in Port Kar, of which I am a member. With this letter you may, if you wish, return to the city. It is my expectation that the council will rule favorably on the pardon. If they do not you will, at least, have ten days in which to take you departure from the city."
"Many minor petitions are granted," he said, "and some of the major ones. To be sure, it depends wholly, at least in the major cases, upon the justice of the petition."
"The next time you wish an Assassin," I said, "petition a Black Court, solicit the services of one of the Dark Caste."
The official information was merely to the effect that a large, but undisclosed number of unidentified assailants had set upon the Ubar, and a small number of his guardsmen, at the recent session of the Central Cylinder's Court of Complaints and Petitions, which attack had been resisted.
The assailants, uttering cries of liberty and freedom, began to cut through the crowded litigants and petitioners to reach the Throne of Justice.
"Perhaps," said Grendel, "you should, the both of you, have petitioned for the return of your weapons."
"No," she said, "he is here to spy on you, or to undermine your defense, to control you more than the court itself will do. I have heard how he spoke of me in the stadium, how he referred to me, so maliciously, so venomously."
"Had I not done so," I said, "the court would not have granted my petition to join the noble Hemartius."
"Indeed," I said, "I petitioned the court that I be appointed deputy to the noble Hemartius, to distract him, to ply him with kal-da, to sabotage his case at every turn. How harrowing and dreadful was the very thought that somehow the gifted Hemartius might, by some obscure and devious legal artifice, be able to trick the jury and subvert justice! How pleased I was when my petition was granted by the understanding and indulgent court, to find myself in a position where I could ruin the best efforts of his keen legal mind at every turn."