The Judicial Council meets on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, in the Moss Room.

Judicial Office Hours will be held on Thursdays in the Moss Room, between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM.

Judicial Council Complaint Forms are available in SGAO.

For information regarding the judicial process, consult the ASUCD Judicial Codes.


Position Name Contact Pronouns
Chair Ryan Gardiner he/him/his
Member Aria Aghalarpour he/him/his
Member Devo Leichter he/him/his
Member Jason “J.J.” Hsu he/him/his
Clerk Victoria Harper she/her/hers

Judicial Council Verdicts and Opinions

Case Date Vote Count Majority Opinion Dissenting Opinion Description
Lopez-Montaño v. Elections Committee Consdieration: 11/3/17 Consideration: 0-3-2  N/A  N/A Appealing the Elections Committee decision to remove a candidate as a result of insufficient petition signatures.
Elections Committee v. Hatefi

Consideration: 12/5/18

Ruling: 01/12/18

Consideration: 5-0-0

Ruling: 3-0-2

 Opinion N/A A complaint by Elections Committee alleging campaign violations by a prospective candidate for ASUCD President. The Judicial Council found the respondent guilty and ruled that two campaign violations points would be assessed.
Hatefi-Deshpande v. Elections Committee

Consideration: 2/12/18

Ruling: 2/13/18

Consideration: 5-0-0

Ruling: 5-0-0

 Opinion N/A  An appeal of the decision of the ASUCD Election Committee to disqualify the Hatefi-Deshpande ticket. Judicial Council affirmed the decision of the Elections Committee (Petitioners filed an appeal with JCOC, which voted 3-0-0 to not hear the appeal).
Butt et al. v Hacker and Qayum

Consideration: 2/12/18

Hearing: 2/17/18


Consideration: 4-0-1

Ruling: 5-0-0

Opinion N/A

This case was a consolidation of Butt v. Hacker, Quach v. Hacker, Cortez v. Hacker, Butt v. Qayum, Quach v. Qayum, and Cortez v. Qayum.

The case is regarding Hacker and Qayum’s attendance for the full mandatory candidate’s meeting held on February 3rd, 2018. Judicial Council ruled no action was necessary.

Butt et al. v. Heurlin

Hearing: 2/12/18

Ruling: 2/17/18


Consideration: 4-0-1
Ruling: 5-0-0

Concurring Opinion

 This case was a consolidation of Butt v. Huerlin, Quach v. Heurlin, and Cortez v. Huerlin.

The case was regarding Heurlin’s physical absence from the February 3rd, 2018 mandatory candidate’s meeting.

Judicial Council ruled that Huerlin is ineligible to run for Senate in Winter 2018.

Respondents filed an appeal with JCOC, which by a 1-2-0 vote, with Jamaludin and Ganz opposed and Gardiner in favor, voted against hearing the appeal.

Saling v. Dalavai


Consideration: 3/5/18 Hearing: 3/12/18

Consideration: 4-0-1 Injunctive Ruling: 2-2-1 Ruling: 4-1-0 Opinion N/A

This case challenged the legitimacy of the presidential veto of ASUCD Senate Bill #35 on the basis of Article 4 Section 1(9) of the ASUCD Constitution.

Judicial Council ruled that the veto was unconstitutional.

Godderis v. Gofman et. al. Consideration: 3/5/18  Consideration: 0-4-1 N/A  N/A

This case was a consolidation of Godderis v. Hacker, Godderis v. Clemons, Godderis v. Spasoz, Godderis v. Branson, and Godderis v. Gofman.

The case was regarding alleged violations of campaign regulations by the “Unite!” slate in the Winter 2018 ASUCD Elections.

Judicial Council dismissed the case due to any potential adjudication being in conflict with ASUCD Bylaw Section 406(B)(a)(ii), which states “All complaints must be filed before the announcement of the election results.”

Nelson v. ASUCD

Consideration: 4/20/2018

Hearing: 4/27/18

Consideration: 3-0-2 Injunctive Ruling: 3-0-2

Ruling: 4-0-1

Temporary Injunctive Ruling



A case challenging the timeframe for which recall signature petitions can be released by Elections Committee.

The Judicial Council struck several Bylaws as unconstitutional and clarified the recall process timeline.

Htoo v. Kaleem Hearing: 6/8/18  Ruling: 3-1-1 Opinion Opinion A complaint that challenged the constitutionality of ASUCD Senate Bill #72 on the basis of Article IX and Article X of the ASUCD Constitution, claiming the bill gives unenumerated powers to the Judicial Branch.
Certain sections of SB #72 were found unconstitutional as a result of the limited enumeration of power to the Judicial Council.