Justice Roberts calls for judicial independence in push back against criticisms

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts emphasized the independence of federal courts over political influence in a report released on Friday after a year of calls to reform the nation’s highest court.

As Chief Justice, Roberts commented on an eventual year in his court and among district courts nationwide in the new report.

The Report

“Decisional independence is essential to due process, promoting impartial decision-making, free from political or other extraneous influence,” Roberts wrote.

“The Judiciary’s power to manage its internal affairs insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government,” he added.

The Requests

Ethics concerns were among an area of top interest in the report. Roberts said the courts must do more to make sure judges do not participate in case where financial conflicts of interest exist.

More than 100 potential cases were noted in the past year, showing the need to strengthen efforts in the area.

Roberts also wants to see ethics training improved throughout the justice system to address conflicts of interest and other ethical issues in the courts.

“Collectively, our ethics training programs need to be more rigorous,” he noted in the report.

The summary will certainly lead to more discuss regarding ethical issues and conflict of interest situations in the days ahead as the Supreme Court addresses numerous controversies in 2022.

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