ASCC Court plans changes for next year


ASCC Court and Administrative Secretary Maria Isai at the Tuesday April 28 2015 court meeting. At the second to the last court meeting the Court discussed changes to the election bylaws and a proposal to senate for court to wear robes. Photo credit: Perla Lara

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With the end of the semester approaching, ASCC Court discussed the recommended changes to the election bylaws.

Changes include regulation of the candidate’s paraphernalia, the monetary amount for a fine on missing campaign buttons and the number of election board member signatures needed to fine or give warnings to candidates in violation of the established bylaws.

On Tuesday, April 28, ASCC Court held the second to last meeting for the 2014-2015 school year.

As of now, the proposed changes are only recommendations for next year’s election boards but if the court decides to hold the a special meeting with the topic of election bylaws, then the recommendations could be passed.

Another change was proposed by Associate Justice Trent Coates.

Coates proposed for court to wear judicial robes, on the days court meets and during official events like elections.

The proposal was passed with a majority of court approving it. The next step is for Coates and ASCC Senator Hugo Gonzalez to present to senate Wednesday, April 29. If senate approves they would need to give the necessary funds for the robes.

Coates said, “I feel it would give us a real sense of what a real court is like, it would be a great addition to court.”

Senate itself has the blue shirts with the ASCC logo on them.

He added, “The blue shirts represent senate more than ASCC as a whole, and during elections that was a problem. Even though you had your ASCC blue shirt on, people would mistake you for a senator and wouldn’t bring up their complaints to you.”

Associate Justice Eduardo De La Rosa voted no on wearing the robes. He said “it’s not my personal preference but everyone came together and voted [and] that’s what they want to do. If I had to wear robes to be in court then that is what I would have done. I do agree that we need to differentiate ourselves.”