JUDICIAL COMMITTEE

THE JUDICIAL BOARD AND ITS FUNCTIONS

1) The Judicial Board of the SRC compose of:

  1. Two (2) representatives from each year group; and
  2. An appointee of the General Assembly provided he shall not be an Executive Officer, or Chairperson of a Committee, Board or Commission of the SRC.

2) The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the Judicial Board are elected at the first sitting of the Board under the supervision of the Electoral Commission.

3) The Board is duly constituted for its work by not less than five (5) members and in the case of impeachment proceeding; not less than seven (7).

4) The Board shall have jurisdiction in every matter relating to the enforcement or interpretation of any provision of the Constitution. In addition, matters on which the Constitution is silent shall be referred to the Judicial Board and its ruling shall be precedent until a provision is enacted to that effect.

5) The Board has the mandate to resolve conflicts between students and/ or group of students.

6) The Judicial Board shall have jurisdiction in all election matters.

7) A person appearing before the Judicial Board shall have the right to a counsel.

 POWERS

  • For smooth exercise of its functions, the Judicial Board have power to do such things as may be reasonably necessary including the issuing of writs or orders in the form of mandamus, certiorari, prohibition and injunctions.

 

  • The Judicial Board have power to review its decisions upon a petition signed by the petitioner(s) and stating the grounds for the review after it has been received within seven (7) days after the said decision.

3) The Judicial Board shall have power to co-opt members without voting rights on ad-hoc basis and to summon a student, group of students or any member of the SRC to appear before it to give evidence.

 RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

The Judicial Board shall accurately record its proceedings.

INDEPENDENCE

1) In the exercise of its functions, the Judicial Board is subject only to the Constitution and shall not be subject to the control or direction of any person, group of person or authority.

2) Neither the Executive Committee nor the General Assembly nor any other person whatsoever shall interfere with the Board in the exercise of its functions.

  • All students, JCR’s Committees of the General Assembly, Faculty Associations, and any other Association, Clubs and Unions of the University shall accord the Board such assistance as the

Board may reasonably require to protect the independence, dignity and effectiveness of the Board.

4) A member of the Board shall not be liable to any action or sue for any act or omission by him in the exercise of judicial power.

JURISDICTION

1) Without prejudice to the provisions of the Constitution, the Board shall have jurisdiction relating to:

a. Impeachment proceedings against any Executive Officer or Leader of the General Assembly;

b. An appeal against the Judicial Committee/Board of a JCR, provided that the Chairperson of the Board/Committee of the said JCR shall not be empaneled to hear such an appeal; and

c. Dispute between or amongst any JCRs, group of students or Faculty Association in the University.

2) In the exercise of its function, the Board shall have power to give advisory opinions to the Executive Committee or Committees of the General Assembly on any issue on request. \

3) Without prejudice to any provision of this Constitution, the decisions of the Board on matters of interpretations of this Constitution shall be final and conclusive.

4) The Board shall have power to prescribe any appropriate punishment having regard to the provision of the Constitution provided that the punishment so prescribed shall be capable of being enforced by the SRC.

5) Notwithstanding any provision in this Constitution to the contrary, the Board through the SRC shall recommend any decision to the appropriate University authority for implementation.

6) In proven cases of misconduct on the part of a member of/or the Judicial Board, the General Assembly shall institute disciplinary actions or proceedings against that member or the Board.

 PROCEEDINGS

1) Except as may be otherwise ordered by the Chairperson of the Judicial Board in the interest of public morality, public safety or public order, the proceedings of the Judicial Board shall be held in public.

2) The decision of a properly constituted sitting of the Board in all matters shall be by a simple majority.

3) The Chairperson of the Board shall preside at its sittings, and in his absence, the Vice Chairperson.

4) The Board shall be bound to give a written reason for its decisions.

5) A person aggrieved by the decision of the Judicial Board may appeal to the Appeal Board for consideration within fourteen (14) days after the decision but where there is a petition for review, within seven (7) days after the review decision has been published.

THE APPEAL BOARD

1) Without prejudice to any provision of this Constitution, there shall be an Appeal Board consisting of:

  1. The Dean of Students who shall be the Chairperson;
  2. The SRC President;
  3. The Senior Hall Tutor;
  4. The Women’s Commissioner;
  5. The Speaker of the General Assembly who shall be the secretary to the board.

2) Where a member of the Board is a party to an appeal, he shall be disqualified from sitting in respect of that case.

3) Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, the Board shall have power to co-opt members without voting rights on ad-hoc basis and to summon a student, group of students or any Executive Officer, or Leader of the General Assembly to appear before it.

4) The Board shall be duly constituted for its work by at least four (4) members including the Dean of Students.

5) The decision of the Board shall be by a simple majority and in the exercise of its functions; the Board shall be bound to give written reason for its decision.

6) Any person appearing before the Appeal Board shall have a right to counsel.

THE COMMITTEE IS CHAIRED BY

AZADA AMEWUGA NICOCEMUS

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