Friday, February 28, 2014

Proposal #36: Additional jurisdiction for Judicial Committee

DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.

Proposed by Rich Tomasso.

  • Problem: We were exposed to a problem with an affiliate this year in which the members seemed to have no recourse for a non-functioning board, even one that was apparently in complete violation of their bylaws. At one point the only option seemed like disaffiliation, which seemed extreme.
  • Solution: Allow the national Judicial Committee to serve as a similar resource to our affiliates, if necessary.
  • Benefits: Helps avoid situations were a non-functioning affiliate leadership can sink an affiliate by inaction or malfeasance and there is nothing the members can do about it. Also gives affiliates without a judicial committee a means to solve problems in a similar manner.

Bylaws of the Libertarian Party

Article 9: Judicial Committee

  1. The subject matter jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee is limited to consideration of only those matters expressly identified as follows:
    1. suspension of affiliate parties (Article 6, Section 6),
    2. suspension of officers (Article 7, Section 8),
    3. suspension of National Committee members-at-large (Article 8, Section 5),
    4. voiding of National Committee decisions (Article 8, Section 13),
    5. challenges to platform planks (Rule 5, Section 7),
    6. challenges to Resolutions (Rule 6, Section 2), and
    7. suspension of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates (Article 14, Section 5)., and
    8. service as a committee of recourse by members of affiliates without a similar functional committee to handle disputes or breach of affiliate rules.


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