Article IV. Judicial Branch
Section 1. Membership and Qualifications
- The judicial powers of the Student Government Association shall be vested in the Judicial Branch. The Judicial Branch shall be composed of the elected and appointed student representative(s).
- The Judicial Branch will consist of five members: (1) Chief Justice and (4) Associate Justices.
- All Justices shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Legislative Branch to serve until the end of the academic year.
- All justices must have an elevated knowledge of parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules of Order.
- All Justices must have completed at least one full semester at the University of Houston-Victoria at the time of election or appointment, with the exception of transfer or graduate students.
- No Justice may hold his/her seat on the Assembly concurrently with a position in the Executive Board or ex officio representative seat, unless holding the role of senator, in which a student may also hold an Associate Justice position congruently with.
- All Justices shall be members of the student body and shall be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of election or appointment, and must remain in such status while serving in their position, as enumerated in the bylaws.
- All justices must have and maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.5 during their tenure.
Section 2. Authority, Powers, and Responsibilities of the Judicial Branch
- Associate Justices
- Associate Justices must abide by, uphold, and support the Student Government Association Constitution, and other governing documents; support the University community and its mission; represent their respective constituencies, and where applicable the student body to the University and local community; accept reports from the Administration, internal committees, and members of the University community. Associate Justices will be an appointed Senator from each specific class.
- The Judicial Branch shall interpret the Constitution and shall have the power to enforce the Constitution and bylaws of the Student Government Association.
- The Judicial Branch shall be responsible for the structure and examination of the Student Government Association.
- The Judicial Branch shall be responsible for the compilation of monthly reports detailing the endeavors, proceedings, and ordinances adopted by the Student Government Association.
Section 3. Resignation or Removal
- Any Justice who wishes to resign must signify such in writing to the President of the Student Government Association, specifying the date the resignation will become effective.
- Any Justice may be removed from their position for nonfeasance or malfeasance by a two-thirds vote by the entire Student Government Association.
- Any Justice who is removed from or resigns from their position prior to the fulfillment of his/her term shall be replaced through appointment by the Chief Justice with approval from the SGA President.
- If any Student Government Association justice fails to attend two consecutive meetings or three total meetings for the elected year, that justice may be removed by a majority vote at the first meeting after the second meeting missed or third total meeting missed.
- The sitting Chief Justice will have the responsibility for issuing a warning in report form of listed undesired actions and behaviors from the elected member.