Student Court justice resigns ahead of potential complaint hearings

A Student Court justice resigned Monday, leaving the bench with six justices and opening the potential need for a tie-breaker during upcoming proceedings on a complaint filed against the SA’s vice president and two senators last week.

Isabella Sorial, a junior majoring in international affairs and a former Hatchet opinions writer, resigned from the court Monday after serving as an associate justice, SA President Brandon Hill announced at the SA Senate meeting Monday. The court will meet Friday to determine whether to dismiss or hold a hearing on a complaint that the SA’s Office of the Legislator General filed against SA Vice President Kate Carpenter, SA Sen. Cordelia Scales, SEAS-U, and Sen. Chris Pino, CCAS-U, according to an order filed by the court Monday.

Justices need a majority of votes in their decisions to issue a judgement, and in the case of a tie with an even number of justices, the presiding justice will cast the deciding vote, according to the SA’s bylaws.

“Justice Isabella Sorial has decided to step down from her position on the Student Association Student Court,” Sorial’s resignation statement reads. “Isabella is graduating soon and felt she would be doing the court a disservice staying on it when she cannot give it the time it deserves. Being on the Student Court is a difficult job, and she commends the hard work of her colleagues. She wishes the court the best.”

The office filed the complaint over a special resolution that the senate passed last week to propose fall referenda that could establish elections for first-year senators. The complaint alleges that the resolution violates SA governing documents by granting freshmen, first-year graduate students and first-year transfer students more representation than other students.

Sorial’s resignation comes a week after the senate confirmed Associate Justice Devin Eager to the court, filling the last remaining vacancy on the bench at the time.

Sorial declined to comment further on the resignation.

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