Disrespect in the Court

Delegates are elected into positions because they have worked hard to get there. Throughout the Press Corps, Harvey, Nelson, Senate, and Supreme Court, controversy has arisen. Sometimes delegates can overstep their position while in session. A delegate who prefers to stay anonymous, while in a private interview, said, “Yes, I have experienced an overstepping delegate’s disrespect while I was in session. This made me feel inferior and also made me feel less confident with continuing the session and focus on the task at hand.

Chief Justice Olivia Mancheski-Tompson was asked what she would call overstepping and she stated, “Delegates can overstep by speaking when not asked and being disrespectful to the higher power. When this happens it not only distracts delegates around them but they are also being disrespectful to their peers.” When considering overstepping, she said, “There is a difference between constructive criticism and being rude. It is fine for input, but don’t make your opinion the only one that matters.” With Olivia’s higher position in the Supreme Court, she has a upper hand on experience. She stated, “When a delegate is disrespectful, it can catch you off guard and sometimes make the situation hard to handle.”

While Olivia thinks delegates should be conscious of their boundaries, Emma Ross, the Supreme Court First Justice, thinks that speaking out can be a learning opportunity and is based around self discipline. Emma also said that your word choice plays a huge roll in how delegates represent themselves. While Emma said it’s important to think of what you will say before you say it, she also said, “The respect aspect of it almost heightens, because in legislative you have parliamentary procedure that basically insures respect, but we don’t have anything like that in Supreme Court. It’s just self discipline that’s going to make it there and make it stick.”

In a polite manner, to handle and address a disrespectful and/or overstepping delegate, Olivia suggested, “You should start off, in the beginning of the session, to address everyone on the topic of respect and to show support throughout the session for no matter what happens.” When talking about consequences that a delegate could receive from their behaviors, she stated, “At most, I would bring the situation to a college adviser.” Olivia’s advice for situations like this and for anyone who wants to know how to deal with it should “step up and not be afraid to say something to that person.” If the situation continues, “take them aside and confront them.” Olivia stated, “You don’t have to deal with their behavior and be vigilant of the situation.” Emma stated that you can solve a situation like this by just saying “delegate, you are out of line.” As Youth In Government, we should not have to worry and have to deal with these behaviors. Our job as delegates is to uphold and fulfill our positions, and have a good time overall.


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