The Student Union Judiciary is the final avenue of dispute resolution in the Union, and conducts judicial review of conflicts that arise under the Brandeis Student Union Constitution. It arbitrates and mediates conflicts involving the Union Constitution, Union Bylaws, and club constitutions. Any entity under the jurisdiction of these documents may request to bring a case - formally or informally - before the Judiciary. Such cases include, but are not limited to, conflicts between two clubs, a club and the Union, two Union members, a Union member and the Union, or a student and any of the groups listed.
When the Judiciary receives a request to hear a formal case, it convenes to hold court to hear all sides and facts involved with the help of an assigned Public Defender. Following all parties' arguments, the Judiciary comes to a majority decision on the matter. This decision is published as a written court opinion. All decisions made in this formal procedure are final and binding.
As of Spring 2016, the Judiciary also functions in informal capacities, and serves as a Constitutional consultant for the rest of the Union. In its informal capacity, the Judiciary does not make binding judgment, but rather clarifies and explains what the expected outcome of a case might be should a case regarding the matter be brought. If conflicts cannot be resolved with non-binding judicial advice, informal cases can become formal cases like the ones described above. The Judiciary is also able to identify and advise the editing process of unclear wording of documents including and under the Brandeis Constitution.
Judiciary is made up of five Justices, one of whom serves as Chief Justice for the academic year. Find out who's serving on the Judiciary this year below.
To contact the Judiciary for any reason, email email@example.com or contact any member
Avraham Tsikhanovski | Associate Justice of the Judiciary
Xiangyu Mao | Associate Justice of the Judiciary