Supreme Court of the Student Body is the official judicial branch of Student Government. The UF Supreme Court of the Student Body serves as an independent branch of government that ensures that the necessary checks and balances are in place to keep both the executive and legislative branches from exceeding their respective powers as delegated to them by the UF Constitution and statutes. The main function of the court is to ensure that the actions of the other branches of government do not violate the existing UF Student Body Statutes or the UF Constitution.
The court is comprised of four associate justices and one chief justice. Each justice is a law student that has been appointed by the Student Government President and confirmed by the Senate. Each of the justices of the court enjoys an appointment that extends until their graduation – thereby insulating the court from the pressures of the political process.
The court is not a political body, and strives to achieve a just resolution to each dispute properly brought under its jurisdiction. In order to achieve this result, the court regularly holds hearings whereby petitioners may testify as to their position on the matter in dispute. At the conclusion of testimony the justices retire to draft an opinion that includes the outcome of the case.