Requests for Hearings

What can you request from the Court?

Any member of Student Government may request a hearing from the Supreme Court. Such requests must be filed in the following manner.

  • Advisory Opinions: Requests for Advisory Opinions by the Court may be made in speech to the Chief Justice. A written request is preferable, but not required. Advisory opinions may be anonymous. Written requests must be submitted to the Chief Justice.
  • Judicial Review: Requests for Judicial Review of legislation passed through the Student Government Senate or actions of Executive Officers are required to be in writing and submitted to the Chief Justice and Clerk of the Court.
  • Election Appeals: Requests for appellate hearings regarding Student Government elections must be made in writing and submitted to the Chief Justice. The Court will only consider cases already decided by a lower Court.
  • Supreme Court Decision Appeals: Requests from appellate hearings regarding Supreme Court decisions must be made in writing, submitted to the Chief Justice, and meet the criteria prescribed in the Student Government Constitution and Statutes. 

What can you present to Court to support your request?

A request for a hearing may have attached to it any documentation viewed pertinent that could assist the Court in determining whether to grant the request. Such documentation shall be placed into Court records by the Clerk of the Court.

How is my request processed?

The Chief Justice will review requests for hearings and will determine whether to grant the request. The decision shall be reached within two (2) class days of submission. 

What happens if my request is denied?
Should the Chief Justice decide not to grant the request for hearing, any repetitions of the request shall be prohibited.
What happens if my request is approved?
Should the Chief Justice decide to grant the request for hearing, the party or parties requesting the hearing shall be informed of the date, time, and nature of the hearing.
Unless otherwise waived by all parties and the Court, hearings must be conducted when classes are in session, between 9:00pm and 12:00am.
Dates and times for hearings will be assigned at the discretion of the Chief Justice, in consult with the Court, pertinent calendars (i.e. Elections Calendar), and the Elections Commission.