Obviously, the assumption by one branch of the authority to oversee the internal operations of another branch has separation of power ramifications. Hunt limited its oversight to situations that were not solely internal. The courts would review compliance with constitutional procedural requirements such as the requirement that statutes not be reviewed by reference, or the constitutional time limits placed on appropriation bills, when those requirements affected the operation of the bill, not just its passage.He also gives an example regarding the judiciary:
There is nothing inherently revolutionary to the placement of limits on judicial oversight of other branches. There was no initial concept under separation of powers principles that every act of every government actor had to be subject to judicial review. There are constitutional requirements on the manner in which the legislature operates. There are also requirements for the executive such as to give "from time to time" reports to the legislature on "the state of the government, and recommend for consideration such measures as may be deemed necessary and expedient."
May the judiciary issue a mandamus requiring that the governor give the report if it decides too much time had passed since the last one? * * * Hunt had held that the legislature had an unreviewable area of behavior. The Hunt view was that since the legislature was a coequal branch, correctives other than litigation would be necessary for those errors.
The Hunt opinion is consistent with the original purpose of Mississippi's separation of powers provision, which was to avoid concentrating power in any one branch.
The constitutional obligations of the judiciary include not reversing a judgment solely because the case was brought in chancery court when it should have been brought in circuit court. If the supreme court nonetheless issued an opinion that reversed solely for that reason, should there be a remedy from some other branch? The remedy would only be through the political process, both by voters and potentially by impeachment.