Internal Rules of Procedure
Revised Sept. 10, 2013
- Attendance at conference calls and meetings is mandatory unless a valid reason exists for the absence. Justices must be notified of the date and time of a conference call at least two weeks in advance; provided, however, that the Court may waive this requirement by unanimous consent. The number of conference calls and the schedule for conference calls will be decided by the Chief Justice. A record of attendance will be kept by the Chief Justice or his designee.
- Justices are not to assist any AMC3 team in preparing for the competition. Such assistance includes, but is not limited to, discussing case materials with competitors, providing feedback on their briefs and/or oral arguments outside of rounds, and, prior to rounds, alluding to questions that Justices may pose during rounds.
- Members are not to discuss internal deliberations with anyone outside of the Court. Written communication among members of the Court must be kept confidential.
- Pending cases are not to be discussed with anyone outside of the Court. Members of the Court should rely only on their own judgment and reasoning when deciding Court cases. Outside influences (school affiliation, friendships, etc.) should not affect a judge's decision making. If a judge feels that he/she is unable to avoid bias in a case, then he/she should recuse himself/herself from the case. Recusal may be suggested by other Justices, but the final decision on recusal is up to the Justice in question.
- Justices are to remain unbiased about elections and unbiased about legislative procedure. A justice should not endorse a candidate in any large way, such as delivering a nominating speech, nor campaign for them in any way nor endorse a bill pending in the Legislature.
- The participation of four justices shall constitute a quorum to conduct business. At least three Justices must concur in a decision.
- Once the AMC3 case and precedents are developed, the Chief Justice will divide the cases between the Justices and develop a timeline for briefs to be completed. Although only a certain number of cases will be assigned to each Justice for briefing, each Justice is responsible for being familiar with every case used as an AMC3 precedent.
- When a petition is filed with the Court, the Justices will first decide whether to consider the case and grant a writ of certiorari. The court shall accept a case if a majority of the Justices vote to do so. If the Court chooses to take the case, the Justices will decide these procedural questions:
- Whether to accept written briefs and additional requirements for those briefs such as length and deadline.
- Whether to hear oral arguments and the schedule therefor.
- The Justice(s) in charge of the majority opinion will notify any Justice planning to write a dissenting opinion of an estimated completion time for the majority opinion. Anyone dissenting is responsible for having that opinion completed when the majority opinion is released.
- Any party to an issue before the Court is entitled to due process of law, as set forth under the Constitutions of TISL, the State of Tennessee and the United States of America. This includes a presumption that an allegation isn't true until it shall be proven by the person making the allegation to a standard set by TISL law or by the Court. With regard to allegations of personal misconduct under the TISL Legal Code, the standard of proof shall be beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Conferences of the justices shall be closed unless the Court invites staff or a TISL adviser to attend.
- Penalties for personal misconduct shall be consistent with TISL law. To the extent the law allows judicial discretion, penalties shall be proportionate to the severity of the misconduct.
- The application and implementation of the Internal Rules of Procedure are the sole province of the Court, and any failure to adhere to the Internal Rules of Procedure shall not create a cause of action for any outside party.
- The concurrence of four Justices is required to change these Internal Rules of Procedure.