Opinions of the University of Miami Student Government Supreme Court

 

Why does Court create Opinions?

  • A Court Opinion discusses and decides upon the appropriate interpretation of the Student Government Constitution and Statutes as applicable.
  • A Court Opinion is necessary for each Court decision. A Justice of the Court who voted in the majority opinion may volunteer to write the Court Opinion. All opinions must be submitted to and approved by the Chief Justice.

What are the types of Court Opinions?

  • Court Opinion: A formal statement by a Justice of the Supreme Court of the legal reasons and principles for the majority opinion of the Court.
  • Concurring Opinion: A formal statement by Justice of the Supreme Court of the legal reasons and principles of their decision in support of the conclusions of the Court; an opinion that agrees with the majority opinion of the Court.
  • Dissenting Opinion: A formal statement by Justice of the Supreme Court of the legal reasons and principles of their decision in opposition of the conclusions of the Court; an opinion that disagrees with the majority opinion of the Court.

How do you know Court has rendered an Opinion?

  • All Court Opinions are to be made public at the discretion of the Chief Justice. Opinions are to be transmitted to the Speaker of the Senate, President of Student Government, and a Student Government Advisor.

How do I request an Opinion?

According to Article IV, Section 5 of the Student Government Constitution, The Supreme Court shall have judicial responsibility and authority subject to the provisions of other University policies as interpreted by the President of the University or the President’s designee. The Court shall render judicial decisions enforcing and interpreting the provisions of this Constitution and determining those cases and controversies relating to enforcement and interpretation of this Constitution which are referred to it by any member of Student Government, except as to those cases and controversies arising related to impeachment proceedings, which shall remain under the sole jurisdiction of the Senate. The decisions of this Court shall be binding upon candidates for and officeholders of Student Government. The Supreme Court may, at its discretion, issue advisory opinions upon request which involve interpretation of this Constitution and its Statutes.