Student Court amends bylaws, appoints member to post of deputy chief judge

The Student Court released a general order last week to amend a few of its governing bylaws and appoint Judge Yun-Da Tsai to the newly created position of deputy chief judge.

The order states the court will hold three virtual public meetings during the spring semester, on Feb. 4, March 25 and April 8, to publicize “administrative matters” and listen to any concerns of the student body. The order also outlined approved amendments to the body’s bylaws regarding aspects of the court, like disciplinary action and the potential suspension of judges and the process for recusal from cases.

The order states any member of the court in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or the governing documents of the Student Association can be “subject to discipline” by the court. Any conduct classified as a “willful violation” by a panel of the court or any SA branch is also subject to possible disciplinary actions.

The court will also host a meeting at the end of spring semester to select a chief judge for the fall, according to the order. The order states the deputy judge – a position currently held by Tsai – will assist with the responsibilities of the chief judge.

“In the event of vacancy in the office of Chief Judge, a member of the Court shall discharge the duties of Chief Judge as Acting Chief Judge until a Chief Judge is elected by the Court in accordance with the provisions of this article,” the order states. “The order of succession for Acting Chief Judge shall be the Deputy Chief Judge followed by the members of the Court in order of administrative precedence.”

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