Student Bar Association
The mission of the Judiciary is to ensure that all SBA rules, regulations, and policies are upheld, reviewed regularly, and kept up-to-date. Our goal is to maintain order throughout all of the SBA, including the General Assembly and all student organizations.
The Judiciary is the newest branch of the SBA government. It was created in order to have a fair and impartial body to interpret the SBA Constitution, By-Laws and General Assembly Rules of Order.
The Judiciary gets involved once a complaint is filed by a student or a student organization. The Judiciary's role is to evaluate the complaint in conjunction with all applicable rules and come to a determination on what the rules mean in light of the given situation.
The Judiciary will continue to develop as this process forms.
Table of Contents
- Role of the Chief Justice
- Role of the Associate Justices
- Becoming a Justice
- Important Documentation
To maintain the Constitution and the By-Laws and to interpret any and all rules and functions of the SBA.
Marvin Barnett'18 – Chief Justice for 2017 - 2018.
The Chief Justice is the Chair of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws Committee, as well as the head of the Judiciary. As such, the Chief Justice attends all General Assembly meetings to ensure proper procedure is followed. The Chief Justice must also review the rules with the Constitution and By-Laws Committee and submit any recommended changes to the General Assembly. The Chief Justice is responsible for calling together the Judiciary if a complaint is brought forward. The Chief Justice is the parliamentarian and disciplinarian of the SBA.
Those elected to the position of Associate Justice will serve on the Judiciary along with the Chief Justice. Duties and responsibilities as members of the Judiciary include hearing and resolving all issues brought before the SBA, including but not limited to, elections disputes, budgetary disputes and appeals, and Student Organization disputes. Additional responsibilities include serving as standing members of the Constitution & By-Laws Committee, tasked with reviewing and updating the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, if and when necessary.
In addition to obtaining fifty (50) signatures from NEL|B students supporting their candidacy, all Chief Justice candidates are required to submit letters of intent that should detail: (1) the candidate’s interest in the position, (2) what personal characteristics qualify the candidate for the position, and (3) any relevant experience that could contribute to the candidate’s success in office. The letter of intent (250 words or less) should be submitted electronically to the SBA Elections Committee Chairs, firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission of a resume is recommended but not required. Letters of intent and resumes will be posted on the TWEN site.
The role of Chief Justice will require the candidate elected to the position to work closely with the current Chief Justice to understand the purpose of the position, and to familiarize his or herself with the SBA Constitution and By-Laws. In light of ongoing alterations to the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, it is strongly recommended that any candidate for this position join the committee responsible for the revisions. To this end, email the current Chief Justice about joining the Constitution and By-Laws Committee.
The SBA Constitution Article 13 (Elections) 2C States: The Chief Justice shall be elected by the General Assembly at its last regularly scheduled meeting. In other words, Elections for the position of Chief Justice are held separately from the other Executive Board positions and will take place during the last SBA General Assembly meeting of the school year. However, please check the most recent Constitution and Bylaws for changes to this rule.
Associate Justices must obtain 50 signatures from any member of the student body, submit a letter of intent of 250 words or less and a color photo. Both will be posted on TWEN for student body review. Resumes are not required, but are encouraged. Associate Justice candidates must also meet with the current position-holder for which they would like to run.