Sunday, January 18, 2015

Key Supreme Court case about codes of judicial conduct

A Supreme Court case that will test the strength and effectiveness of judicial codes of conduct will be decided by the only nine members of the federal judiciary in America who are not subject to such a code.  Oral arguments are set for Tuesday.
           
The case – and the need to close the Supreme Court code-of-conduct loophole - are the subjects of a new report.

The report concludes:

The problem facing our justice system today is not too much policing of judicial ethics, but too little.  To protect the integrity of the judicial system, preserve public confidence in our justice system, and ensure an impartial judiciary so that all Americans are able to secure their rights in court, it is time for the Supreme Court to take its avowed respect for codes of conduct to the next level by finally adopting its own code of conduct.

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