The Supreme Council is the judicial arm of the Associated Students, and shares legislative responsibility with the Executive Board. The Supreme Council ensures that the laws and rules of ASPCC are following, makes interpretations and decisions when the governing documents come into conflict, and helps to draft amendments and maintain the ASPCC governing documents. The Supreme Council is made up of the Chief Justice, and up to six appointed Justices.
The Supreme Council is also able to assist in disputes, confusion and questions of interpretation from any body underneath ASPCC. If your organization or subset of ASPCC is having a conflict, dispute, or question of interpretation on any issue related to the rules or governing laws of ASPCC that you cannot resolve among your own body, then contact the current Chief Justice, Diego Lopez, to see if the Supreme Council can assist.
Vacancies on the Supreme Council
Applications for the Supreme Council are now closed. Check back at a later time to see if applications are once again being accepted. If applications open up, the below information will be of great value to you.
What does the Supreme Council do?
The Supreme Council maintains the governing documents of ASPCC. We review them, discuss possible amendments and changes, and ensure that any changes made, actions taken or cool ideas are consistent with the laws and rules that ASPCC sets out in those governing documents. Sometimes we prepare additions to them to correct a wrong, and sometimes we assist in amending items. Solely the Supreme Council is in simple terms the “ASPCC Court” where disputes, cases and constitutional interpretations are made under our jurisdiction. Working with the ASPCC Executive Board, we also approve amendments to the constitution, bylaws, and have power of review over other areas of ASPCC.
What will I be expected to do?
As a Justice you will be expected to actively seek to understand and become familiar with the governing structure of ASPCC, including its documents. You will be expected to offer a reasoned opinion on matters that come before the Supreme Council, and to participate in discussion as a full and active member. You may be asked to work with other Justices outside of meetings to draft or prepare amendments, written opinions, or other documents related to the execution of Supreme Council business.
What’s the benefit of being on the Supreme Council?
Experience in drafting policy and structured procedures is a huge bonus to anyone seeking employment in countless areas. Being able to read and understand policy documents, and interpret the implications of changing those documents from many angles, is an exceptionally useful skill to apply to any situation and as you move forward in your career. You will also gain experience in discussion of issues with a group of your peers, and the ability to formulate your own responses to situations faced by the Council at any given time. Finally, the Supreme Council is one of few bodies in ASPCC that can have a lasting impact on the Associated Students as a whole, and by extension the college. The work that the Council does can last for years afterwards.
The ASPCC has many different sets of documents that act as ‘governing documents’ – from the Constitution and Bylaws, to policy and procedure documents, written opinions and adopted resolutions of the Executive Board. An aggregate set of these documents is below. For more detail and information on each one, visit the Governing Documents page under records.