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The Central Judiciary

The Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) at the University of Michigan is the judicial branch of the Central Student Government. Often hearing cases involving election disputes, CSG constitutional issues, and reviews of decisions made by student groups on campus, the CSJ is the highest adjudicating student body at the University of Michigan. Although CSJ requires potential parties to make a good faith effort to handle conflicts within their own organization, the Court is available for both arbitration and to hear challenges to a student group’s decisions.  CSJ is composed of nine justices, only four of which can be from any one college of the University, ensuring a diversity of views and opinions on the court.

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CSJ Manual of Procedure

Central Student Judiciary utilizes the Manual of Procedure for its hearings. It can be found here:

Manual of Procedure

Joining CSJ​

 

 

The Central Student Judiciary consists of nine Justices selected among the students. No more than four Justices may be enrolled in any one degree-granting unit. An appointed Justice serves until they complete the degree program(s) they are enrolled in at the time of confirmation. 

 

If you are interested in joining CSJ, you may submit your application below.

 

 

 

 

Any questions regarding the process may be directed to the CSJ Chief Justice at csg.chiefjustice@umich.edu.

While CSJ's decisions are based on the CSG Constitution, the CSG Compiled Code, and some United States law, the Court also considers group regulations (e.g. student organization constitutions) and the Standards of Conduct for Recognized Student Organizations  when making decisions. Although the applicable sources of law are varied, no legal training of any kind is required to bring a case before CSJ. Ensuring that the process and outcome is fair, rather than technically perfect, is the first priority. To ease the process, CSJ can appoint student counsel to represent a party, or they may retain their own representatives.

Any student who feels she has been wronged may bring her case to CSJ. Disputes between students or student organizations should be brought to CSJ when the parties cannot reach an agreeable outcome, when all other channels have been exhausted, or it is not clear who the moderator should be. CSJ hears cases the entire school year and is accessible to answer questions about whether or not we can hear your case. Review the Constitution and the Compiled Code to see if your claim is legally sound. If you still have questions, e-mail the Court for insight into your situation. If you are ready to state a claim, please see the CSJ Manual of Procedure and bring the appropriate forms to the CSG Office, located in room 3909 of the Michigan Union.

This page is intended to provide a jurisprudential resource for CSJ justices and the Michigan student body. The Court looks forward to working to ensure all students on campus have meaningful access to justice.

File a Case or Motion

 

 

Form 51-1 (Standard compliant form for CSJ)

Please fill out the form by hand, scan it and email it to the Chief Justice in order to file a complaint.

Form 51-2 (Make a motion in a pending case)

Please fill out the form by hand, scan it, and email it to the Chief Justice in order to file a motion.

CSJ Cases

Year
Case
Title
2024
W24 Orders
Winter 2024 Orders List 2
2024
W24 Orders
Winter 2024 Orders List 1
2024
W-24-031
MomentUM et al. v. Alifa Chowdhury et al.
2024
AO W-24-007
Confrontation in the Ethics Process
2024
W-24-006
The Constitutionality of the “Party Joining Deadline” Provision (Compiled Code Art. VI § 4.4.1)
2024
AO W-24-001
Advisory Opinion: Cross Campus Transfers
2024
W-24-001
Watt v. University Elections Commission Final Judgment
2024
AO W-24-005
Candidate Sticker Attributions
2024
AO W-24-004
Eligibility of Students on Medical Leave
2024
AO W-24-003
Advisory Opinion: AO W-24-003: Joining Parties After the Filing Deadline
2024
W-24-002
Advisory Opinion: The Constitutionality of the “Protection of Campaign Flyers” Provision
2024
F-23-004
Patrick Szendro-Arceo, et al. v. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Student Government and LSA Election Director
2024
EC-W24-001
Opinion EC-W24-001 In re Petition on a Resolution to Protect Students and Democratic Processes at the University of Michigan
2023
EC F-23-008
Blackburn v. Sayles Final Judgment
2023
EC F-23-007
Blackburn v. Mintzer Final Judgment
2023
EC F-23-006
Blackburn v. Ebosele
2023
EC F-23-005
Blackburn v. Brown Final Judgment
2023
EC F-23-004
Blackburn v. Akiva Final Judgment
2023
F-23-004
Patrick Szendro-Arceo, et al. v. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Student Government and Joyce Jung, LSA Election Director
2023
F-23-003
Advisory Opinion: Assembly Meeting Procedures
2023
F-23-002
Opinion Concurring in Part to AO F-23-002
2023
EC F-23-001
Majority & Concurring Opinion
2023
F-23-002
Advisory Opinion Regarding Conflicting Initiatives
2023
EC F-23-003
Opinion EC F-23-003 In re Petition on CSG Response to Atrocities in the Middle East
2023
F-23-002
Opinion EC F-23-002 In re Petition on University Accountability in the Face of Genocide
2023
F-23-001
Dissenting Opinion to AO F-23-001
2023
F-23-001
Advisory Opinion F-23-001 Regarding the Presidential Powers of Veto for Initiatives
2023
Brief Amicus Curia of James Adam Rowe In Support of the Defendant in Mahfet v. Independence Union Party
2023
Mahfet v. Minkin Final Judgment
2023
Mahfet v. Respect
2023
Mahfet v. Forward Together
2023
Mahfet v. Independence Union
2023
W-23-002
Election Court Advisory Opinion (Withdrawn Candidate Vote Redistribution)
2023
W-23-001
Election Court Advisory Opinion (Candidate Spending Limits)
2022
W-22-001
Election Court Opinion (Kuzuchowski v. Dettling)
2021
F-21-001
Elections Court Advisory Opinion - Fall 2021
2021
W-21-001
An Advisory Opinion of the Election Court
2020
20-001
Brief Amicus Curiae of Executive body of the Literature, Scient and the Arts' Student Government
2020
20-001
Fadanelli-Martire Amicus Brief
2020
20-001
CSG Amici Schuler v Ziel
2020
20-001
Amicus Curia brief in re Schuler v. ziel
2020
20-001
Respondent Brief Schuler v. Ziel
2020
20-001
Amended Brief for Respondent Ziel
2020
20-001
Plaintiff Supp Brief, Schuler v. Ziel
2020
20-001
Schuler v. Ziel Opinion
2020
Mulholland v. Wang Opinion
2020
Mulholland v. Wang Advisory Opinion
2020
Mulholland v. Wang Pre-Trial Judgement
2019
Hoggans v. Wang
2019
Hoggans v. Omran
2019
Hoggans v. Major
2019
Hoggans v. Fallman
2018
F-18-001
Ashman v. ESG
2018
F-18-001
Ashman v. ESG (Final Opinion)
2018
W-18-001
Nwansi & MomentUM v. University Elections Commission & MVision
2017
W-17-001
Complaint
2017
W-17-001
Defendant Motion to Dismiss
2017
W-17-001
Motion to Dismiss (Final Opinion)
2017
W-17-001
Amicus Brief: Brodkin and Hansel
2017
W-17-001
Plaintiff Response
2017
W-17-001
Defendant Brief
2017
W-17-001
Plaintiff Brief
2017
W-17-001
Roth v. Schafer (Final Opinion)
2016
W-16-001
Petition of Benjamin Reese (Petition)
2016
W-16-001
Petition of Benjamin Reese (Advisory)
2015
W-15-002
Diaz v. Lin (Pretrial Motion)
2015
W-15-002
Diaz v. Lin (Final Opinion)
2014
W-14-002
Hockstad et al. v. UMEC Opinion
2014
W-14-003
Advisory
2014
W-14-003
Injunction
2013
F-13-001
Advisory
2013
W-13-006
YouMICH v UEC Final Opinion
2013
W-13-005
Osborn et al v_UEC et al_Final Opinion
2013
W-13-004
Osborn v. UEC (Stay of Enforcement Order)
2013
W-13-003
Advisory
2013
W-13-002
Central Student Government v. Rackham Student Government
2013
W-13-001
Liu v. Rackham Student Government
2012
F-12-001
CSG v. RSG
2012
W-12-001
Parikh v. UEC Pretrial opinion
2012
W-12-001
Tylus v. UEC – Joinder Opinion
2012
W-12-001
Parikh v. UEC (Final Opinion)
2011
F-11-002
Pre-Trial Conference Opinion
2011
F-11-002
Mandell et al v. UEC
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – S4PG Petition Statistics
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – Amendment
2009
F-09-001
Stenvig v. MSA – Brief of Plaintiff’s Counsel
2009
W-09-001
Hull v. MSA - Final Order
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Elec Bd’s Decision
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Appellant’s Amended Petition for Appeal
2010
F-10-001
Timothy Bekkers (Advisory)
2010
W-10-004
Petition for Rehearing of Talley – Petition
2010
W-10-004
Petition for Rehearing of Talley – Final Order
2010
W-10-003
McKinney v. Election Director – Plaintiff’s Filing Before Elec Bd
2010
W-10-003
McKinney v. Election Director – Elec Dir Order
2010
W-10-003
McKinney v. Election Director – Appellant’s Petition
2010
W-10-002
Pannuto v. Mahanti – Order Denying TRO Petition
2010
W-10-002
Pannuto v. Mahanti – Final Order
2010
W-10-002
Pannuto v. Mahanti – Executive Order W-10-001
2010
W-10-002
Pannuto v. Mahanti – Complaint
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – Uniqname Verification E- mail
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – Resolution W-10-021
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – Hearing Granted
2010
W-10-001
Students for Progressive Governance Petition – Final Order
2009
F-09-003
Stenvig v. Election Director – Order Denying TRO Petition
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Respondent’s Brief
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Order Setting Appellate Hearing
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Order Denying Requested TRO
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Final Opinion of the Court
2009
F-09-003
Yousuf v. Talley – Appellant’s Brief
2009
F-09-002
Yousuf v. Election Director – Pretrial Injunction Order
2009
F-09-002
Yousuf v. Election Director – Pretrial Conference Opinion
2009
F-09-002
Yousuf v. Election Director – Final Opinion
2009
F-09-002
Yousuf v. Election Director – Complaint
2009
F-09-001
Resolution F-09-008
2009
F-09-001
Plaintiff’s Complaint
2009
F-09-001
Order Denying TRO Petition
2009
F-09-001
Stenvig v. MSA – Final Order
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