Chief Justice Roberts: can More be done’ to the solution of sexual harassment in the Federal courts

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Sexual harassment still exists in the Federal courts, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says, to bring the problem in the judicial culture remains unclear, since, in many cases, it is “often not reported.”

“Inappropriate behavior in the workplace is not automatically also in the judiciary, but it is also not just a few isolated cases to the law clerks,” he said, without any specifics.

The remarks came in Roberts’ annual year-end report on the third branch of government, which, as chief justice of the United States, which he heads.


What was remarkable about the 15-page report was an issue, Roberts chose not to discuss: the ongoing criticism of President Trump, the judge, and the courts decided against him, especially over his immigration policy.

The Supreme court pushed last month to the rear against Trump, offers a short, but spirited public defense of the almost 3300 appointed Federal judges, including members of the Supreme Court.

The 63-year-old Roberts, instead of an update is offered to a working group he created last year to focus on whether the current procedures for the “examination and correction of erroneous behaviour are appropriate to ensure an exemplary job, every judge and every court employee.”


The internal review came after the resignation last year of a prominent Federal judge accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Roberts said that progress in training programs and revised guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual harassment, what he said-without documentation – that “if it occurs, is more likely to take the form of rudeness and disrespect as overt sexual harassment.”


“The working group came to the conclusion that more could be done,” added the chief justice, “especially in the promotion of all employees— not just law clerks to come forward in reporting wrongdoing, and there are a number of specific recommendations for the improvement of the work environment.”

The administrative review accused came to Alex Kozinski, 68, a member of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was, in inappropriate comments and behavior. He was profiled in a Washington Post article in which six women-including former law clerks-the special allegations.


An internal justice failed request behaviour is started, but Kozinski left his job soon after.

Among the allegations, the Post reported one of the judges, former law clerks claimed Kozinski is asked pictures of naked people.

The insular, largely Autonomous world of the Federal court system — has spread among the 12 regional circuits and 94 judicial districts — itself provides a unique challenge, self-enforcement, if on-the-job problems to be addressed nationwide.

Roberts recognized the special relationship between law clerks and judges can be problematic, as it is a “close connection, open intellectual exchange and confidentiality.”

“The very qualities that the position of the court clerk an attractive — especially the possibility of cooperation with a senior member of the bar in a position of mentoring and confidence — can special risks of abuse.”

But in the report, there is no mention of the President, with whom Roberts had a troubled relationship.

Everything came to a head, when Trump in the last month, the U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar criticized that imposed a nationwide injunction on the administration, the efforts to enforce the new restrictions on the granting migrants asylum. He was slammed by the President as “Obama-judge.”

This prompted a rare rebuke from a sitting member of the high court. Roberts, said in a statement, “We have no Obama, judges or trump a judge, a Bush judge or a Clinton judge. What we have to do an extraordinary group of dedicated judges to do their best, equal rights for those who appear before you. An independent judiciary is something we should all be grateful.”

The back-and-forth continued with a Trump to say Sorry, Chief Justice John Roberts, “but they have, in fact, ‘Obama-judge.'”

Both the 9. Circuit and the Supreme court, since the injunction on enforcement instead of holding. Roberts, the deciding vote, delivered in the high court. December 21, which, together with the court, the four liberal justices.

Roberts’ role as the head of the federal courts has led to promote him calm, judicial independence, and consensus. He has his past-annual-reports focus on judicial salaries and ethics.

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