I see what you mean-- Snowlady's got a branded forehead too. I guess she must be a former criminal too. Though the nature of her crime must be different because her mark is different than Ardelie's and she evidently still has her tongue.
The tongue was to keep her from telling the truth. I doubt it is a normal part of the judicial process.
"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."
Gehm's corollary to Clarke's Third Law