John Roberts Affirms Judicial Independence from ‘Inappropriate Political Influence’ ahead of 2022 Docket

POLITICS & POLICY
Chief Justice John Roberts on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 9, 2017 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Chief Justice John Roberts affirmed the independence of the judiciary from “inappropriate political influence” ahead of the Supreme Court’s review of major cases on the 2022 docket.

In a report released Friday, Roberts recounted the political drama of the last year that he suggested threatened the integrity of the high court, as well as the nation’s 107 district and appeals courts
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“Decisional independence is essential to due process, promoting impartial decision-making, free from political or other extraneous influence,” Roberts said.
 “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.”

Roberts delivered the statement on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Judicial Conference, a panel comprised of the Chief Justice and rotating federal judges that creates internal policy for the federal courts.

Among the challenges the courts have faced and are working to rectify, Roberts said, are pandemic-related disruptions, ethical conflicts of interest by federal judges, as well as “inappropriate behavior in the judicial workplace,” including sexual harassment.

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