The Judicial Branch

The Judicial branch is comprised of two bodies, the Student Honor Court and the UF Supreme Court. This governmental branch has been around since 1914.

The Honor Court

In every class during every semester, professors talk to students about upholding UF's honor code. However, those students who violate it and are caught cheating or plageraizing are sent to the Honor Court. This organization, which is student-run, is comprised of law school students who serve as the Attorney General and the Defense Counsel. The accused student is represented by the The Defense Counsel, while the Attorney General ensures that the trial is conducted properly. Both sides are presented to a panel made of UF students, who then determine the outcome. Once a punishment is recommended the Dean of Studentís Office reviews it and makes the final decision.

The UF Supreme Court

Just like in local, state and federal government, the UF Supreme Court serves as an independent branch ensuring the necessary checks and balances are kept in the executive and legislative branches. This means they make sure these two branches don't exceed their powers, which are stated in the UF constitution.

The court is made of four associate justices and one chief justice. Each justice is a law student and has been appointed by the Student Body President and confirmed by the Senate.

All information provided has been paraphrased from the UF Student Government Web site.