National Party Judicial Committee

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The Judicial Committee is the final avenue of appeal, giving due process beyond the LNC for several enumerated areas of subject matter jurisdiction:

  • suspension of affiliate parties
  • suspension of officers
  • suspension of National Committee members-at-large
  • voiding of National Committee decisions
  • challenges to platform planks
  • challenges to Resolutions
  • suspension of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates


Committee Terms

As currently configured, there are seven Judicial Committee members, who are elected at national conventions. The members of the JC generally serve terms of approximately two years, from one national convention to the next.

Past Chairs

The following people have chaired the Judicial Committee.

Mary Ruwart 2020-2022
Chuck Moulton 2016-2020
M Carling 2014-2016
Bill Hall 2012-2014
Bill Hall 2010-2012
Ruth Bennett 2008-2010
??? 2006-2008
??? 2004-2006
Dean Ahmad 2002-2004
??? 2000-2002
??? 1998-2000
??? 1996-1998
??? 1993-1996
??? 1991-1993
??? 1989-1991
??? 1987-1989
??? 1985-1987
??? 1983-1985
??? 1981-1983
??? 1979-1981
??? 1978-1978
??? 1977-1978
??? 1976-1977
??? 1975-1976
??? 1974-1975
??? 1973-1974
??? 1972-1973

Cases

The Judicial Committee is rarely called into action. The following are all known JC deliberations and opinions.

Suspension of affiliate party: Oregon (2015)

(insert opinion, etc.)

National Committee decision: mandatory convention registration fee (2012)

Decision in Ploeger, et al vs. LNC (4/21/2012) (Appeal of LNC decision to impose a floor fee for national convention delegate attendance)

Suspension of affiliate party: Oregon (2011)

Decision in Wagner vs. LNC (11/25/2011) (Appeal of LNC decision to refuse recognition of LP of Oregon officers led by Wes Wagner)

Clarification of decision in Wagner vs. LNC (9/23/2011) (Response to request for clarification of decision)

Suspension of National Committee member-at-large: Lee Wrights (2009)

(insert opinion, etc.)

Discharge of National Director Eric O'Keefe (1982)

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