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What Is a Student Court?

Every type of organization has some form of judiciary that allows the organization to deal with matters and conflicts on an internal level. For student organizations, student courts may exist in order to serve as a judicial body upon which student members may present cases like any other court system.

Student organizations do not necessarily have a court upon which they can provide an internal means of settling disputes. And when a student court does exist within the organization, it does not necessarily have the same powers and authority that other student courts may have. Thus, it is important to note that student courts differ in format and function.

A student court can exist within the school system—from elementary school to university. Such student courts are often popular or common for schools that apply a military system. A student court of this nature is often referred to as a peer court where students can pass judgment on the actions committed by other students.

Because the nature of student courts vary, those who participate in such courts as adjudicators are often elected by the student body or appointed by the school board or governing authority. The selection of members of a student court is usually based on the merits of the student. Thus, such students are found to be models of decorum and have a history of diligently following the rules and regulations of the school. Students who run a student court must always display a sense of impartiality and objectivity in order to settle matters without bias towards any of the parties involved.

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