SGA Student Judiciary
The Student Judiciary is comprised of seven Justices; Chief Justice, Associate Chief Justice, and five Associate Justices.
- The Chief Justice chairs all meetings of the Student Judiciary; presides over all hearings before the Student Judiciary and writes majority or minority ruling, depending on which side their ruling places them; ensures that all actions of the SGA are consistent with the SGA Constitution, the By-laws of the SGA, and Acts of the Senate; Swear-in the President, the elected Senate body, the Executive Cabinet, the Area Government Officers and the Elections Commission.
- The Associate Chief Justice acts as the clerk of the Student Judiciary, by; recording the minutes of all Student Judiciary meetings and Hearings; maintaining accurate attendance records, correspondence of the Student Judiciary with other parties, and the permanent records of the Student Judiciary; act as chief advisor to the Chief Justice on the rules and procedures of the Student Judiciary.
- Associate Justices (5) active voting members in meetings of the Student Judiciary and Hearings before the Student Judiciary.
Once a Petition for a Ruling is filed with the Associate Chief Justice, the judicial timeline begins. Briefs, which are outlines of the legal argument and evidence to be presented in the Hearing, are submitted by both parties. The Judiciary reviews the Briefs and familiarizes themselves with the arguments, and the specific By-Laws before the Hearing. At the Hearing, the Judiciary hears oral arguments, presentations of evidence, and questioning of witnesses. They are allowed to interject at any time and ask any party a question. After the Hearing has been adjourned, the Judiciary enters the Deliberative Session. The Deliberative Session is a closed door meeting, exclusive to the members of the Judiciary who were present at the meetings. The Judiciary weighs all arguments and evidence presented in the Hearing, and begins a dialogue on their interpretations of the By-Laws at hand. A vote is called, and unless there is a unanimous decision, the Chief Justice or the ranking member of the majority or the minority will write the ruling. The Majority and Minority Rulings are an in-depth explanation of the evidence that was presented to the Judiciary, and the rationale behind the decision on each side.