The Traffic Court at Liberty University was created at the request of Liberty University students through the Student Government Association. The Traffic Court is not a separate entity from SGA’s Student Court, but is positioned within the Student Court. The Traffic Court is typically composed of three Justices from the Student Court, but may include more on a given appeal date. The Traffic Court’s purpose is to be a mediator between the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) and the appealing student. The Traffic Court is a neutral party. The appeals process is to be used by a student who believes him or herself to be unjustly cited by LUPD. The Traffic Court may uphold, remove, or modify sanctions issued by LUPD officers.
Because of the high volume of appeals, not every appeal will be heard in person. However, each appeal will be considered by at least three Justices of the Traffic Court.
Those appeals that are not heard in person will receive an emailed decision with a rationale.
Those appeals that are heard in person will be scheduled via email and will involve at least three Justices, the appellant, and the LUPD officer who issued the citation. To the best of their ability, the Justices will schedule appeals to allow the attendance of all parties. However, the schedules of the Justices will take precedence over those of the officer and appellant. After the in-person hearing, an emailed result with a rationale will be sent within 3 academic days of the hearing.
It behooves the appellant to offer a more substantial issue of fact, procedure or situation than the ticket being the student’s first offense. The student is advised to bring an element before the Court that a “reasonable person” would find as an issue.
Any Justices who have had an extensive amount of personal contact with an appellant will recuse themselves from that appellant’s appeal.
Making an Appeal
Ticket appeals should be made through LUPD. Citations issued by LUPD have available space for handwriting an appeal. Turn appeals into the LUPD office as soon as possible. You will be contacted by a representative from the Student Court to schedule your appeal, if the Court elects to hear it in person.
If you have any other questions, or have a special situation unresolvable by LUPD, please contact the Chief Justice, Andrew Hilty, at firstname.lastname@example.org.