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Procedures

The Student Government Association (“SGA”) Supreme Court provides the following information for the convenience of the University of Louisville (“University”) Student Body. Familiarity with the procedures described herein is not a substitute for familiarity with the SGA Constitution, SGA By-Laws, SGA General Election Rules (“SGAGER”), and any other applicable body of authority.

The Petition

Any student, Recognized Student Organization (“RSO”), Student Council, or SGA organ or officer at the University may bring an action before the SGA Supreme Court by electronically filing a written petition to the Chief Justice at sgasupremecourt@gmail.com.

The petition may name any student, RSO, Student Council, or SGA organ or officer as a respondent.

The petition (or any other pleading or motion) must:

  • clearly and accurately state the petitioner or petitioners’ name or names, address or addresses, e-mail address or addresses, and telephone number or numbers;
  • clearly and accurately state the respondent or respondents’ name or names;
  • clearly and accurately state the action or actions that are disputed by the petitioner or petitioners, including the time, place and manner of said action or actions, to the best of the petitioners’ knowledge;
  • disclose the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of all fact witnesses, if known;
  • clearly and accurately state the specific provision or provisions of the SGA Constitution, SGA By-Laws, or SGA General Election Rules (“SGAGER”) that the petitioner alleges the respondent violated;
  • clearly and accurately set forth the relief sought by the petitioner or petitioners;
  • include, at the end of the petition, the following words: “I hereby represent to the Supreme Court of the Student Government Association my belief in good faith that to the best of my knowledge the allegations contained herein are true”;
  • bear the signature of each petitioner underneath the representation.

The Answer

The Chief Justice shall serve the respondent or respondents and any other interested parties with an electronic or physical copy of the petition. The respondent or respondents shall file a written answer to the petition. The Chief Justice shall determine the time at which the answer shall be due, but the respondent or respondents must be allowed at least twenty-four (24) hours from the time of service to prepare an answer unless the respondent or respondents waive the right. The answer must follow the guidelines for petitions as discussed above.

The respondent or respondents may file a counterclaim or crossclaim against any person against whom a petition could be filed. The counterclaim or crossclaim must follow the guidelines for petitions as discussed above.

Any party may implead a third-party, provided that the impleader follows the guidelines for petitions as discussed above, and that the Supreme Court grants the motion.

General Provisions

The Supreme Court may summarily dismiss any pleading that fails to follow the guidelines for petitions as discussed above.

All pleadings and motions shall be filed electronically with the Chief Justice at sgasupremecourt@gmail.com.

The Pre-Hearing

No later than five (5) days after serving the petition, the parties shall meet with the Chief Justice and an Associate Justice—whom the Supreme Court shall designate—to discuss the hearing, the schedule of proceedings, the presentation of claims, of evidence, and of witnesses, and any motions that the parties intend to file.

The parties may waive the pre-hearing by mutual agreement.

The Hearing

In all non-election cases, the Supreme Court shall hold a hearing no sooner than fourteen (14) days from the time of service. The Chief Justice shall determine the date, time, and location of the hearing, and shall notify the parties of the same.

In all election cases, the Supreme Court shall hold a hearing no sooner than twenty-four (24) hours from the time of service. The Chief Justice shall determine the date, time, and location of the hearing, and shall notify the parties of the same.

In all cases, the Chief Justice shall set a reasonable length of time for the hearing. The petitioner shall present its case-in-chief, followed by the respondent. The petitioner may rebut the respondent’s case; the respondent may rebut the petitioner’s rebuttal.

Appeals

Decisions of the Supreme Court may be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over an appeal only if the appealing party presents new evidence unavailable at the time of the original hearing.

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