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Correction: Judiciary Council to be amended

Judiciary Council set to go to polls

On August 29, the Student Government met to propose an amendment that  would remove the Judiciary Council and its responsibilities from the Constitution.

The Judiciary Council currently is responsible for hearing all appellate matters in cases where student organizations are denied money by the Student Government, due to procedural error. With the removal of the Judiciary Council from the Constitution, the Attorney General would become responsible for its roles.

 

Student Government Cabinet

Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13), President Franklin Barbosa (’12), Vice President Virginia Vazzana (’12) and Attorney General Andrew Bishop (’14) discuss the amendment to remove the Judicary Council from the Constitution at the Aug. 29 Student Government meeting (File Photo)

“The Attorney General’s duty in the Student Government has always been to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws and to inform members and students of those rules. With the Attorney General position already in place, we believe that forming a Judiciary Council would be redundant and unnecessary,” Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13) said about the shift of powers.


The Attorney General under the Barbosa-Vazzana administration—Andrew Bishop (’14)—has positive outlooks on the change. Bishop’s work as a freshman class senator under the Melendez-Barbosa administration earned him the position of Attorney General after Barbosa was voted into office in April.
“Having a Judiciary Council would essentially duplicate this role, potentially lead to a diffusion of responsibility amongst its members, and complicate the appeals process for clubs. In having one point-person for all appeals, it simplifies the process and also leads to a higher degree of accountability,” Bishop said.

Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13) also is optimistic about the proposed changes to the Constitution.
“This change is no more than a simple transfer of power. The Student Government feels that removing the Judiciary Council will help the system be clearer and more cohesive,” Hoffman said.
Stressing a reliable and efficient government, “I believe students will approve of this change,” Barbosa said.
After the Senate approved the proposed amendment 17 to 2 at the August 29 meeting, the amendment will now appear on the senatorial election ballot this Thursday.
Corrections:
The quote below was made by Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13) not by President Franklin Barbosa (’12):
“The Attorney General’s duty in the Student Government has always been to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws and to inform members and students of those rules. With the Attorney General position already in place, we believe that forming a Judiciary Council would be redundant and unnecessary,”
The Judiciary Council appellate matters include club statuses, proposals for support that are presented to the Senate, etc…not just money.

The statement below was taken out of contex:

After reviewing the By-Laws this summer, the Cabinet of the Student Government noticed that the role of the Judiciary Council violated language in the Constitution that states, “breaking procedure cannot happen and will not be tolerated.”

The intended role of the Judiciary Council was to review cases where a procedural error occurred.

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