By Paulynne Joyce R. dela Cruz
SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT (SUSG) is yet to finalize the set of justices for the SUSG Judiciary Branch for the S.Y. 2015-2016.
Section 6 of Article IX in the SUSG Constitution states that the judiciary branch will be made of a Prime Justice with six justices; at least two of them should be law students. These Justices should not come from the Student Assembly and will be appointed by the SUSG President with the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments.
In the past years, SUSG created a judiciary branch when the elections were near. In the current SG, they will also finalize the judiciary branch in the month of February. The names of the students who will compose the branch will be presented formally on the upcoming student assembly on Feb. 7.
“Last year, na-appoint lang rin ang judiciary branch near elections. Actually, it’s a lapse on my part. I’m really finding a hard time finding committed law students,” said SUSG President Kirk Emperado in an interview.
Emperado said they have a list of Justices and they are waiting for the lacking requirement of the law students which are certificates that prove their one year residency in Silliman and a Cumulative Quality Point Average of 3.0, as indicated in the Constitution.
“I have all the names na. Hinihintay na ng assembly. I appointed na, but si Reinz from the Committee on Appointments ang magrerecommend,” he added.
The main role of the Judiciary Branch, according to Sections 1 of Article IX, is to exercise individual judicial authority to every student’s conduct in the university.
“Judiciary is a must in our student government because in a way, it is a source of fearlessness and confidence. One of its functions is to apply the laws to certain cases and settle disputes,” said SUSG Representative Renz Macion from the College of Mass Communication.
He also added that it serves as a “guardian-protector” to the student government against the possible excesses of the legislative and executive branch.~