SCOTUS: Courts To Review Sex Misconduct Policies
SUPREME COURT TO LOOK INTO HOW JUDICIARY HANDLES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS IN ITS OWN RANKS
(CNN) – The Supreme Court will look into how the U.S. judiciary handles sexual harassment allegations in its own ranks.
That’s according to Chief Justice John Roberts, who announced it in his annual State of the Judiciary report on Sunday.
He said it’s now clear the Judicial branch is not immune from allegations of sexual harassment.
And next year, he said the judiciary will evaluate whether its standards are enough to ensure an “exemplary workplace” for court employees.
Roberts said the high court will look both into the standards of conduct at courts and the procedures for investigating and correcting inappropriate behavior.
The move comes after federal judge in San Francisco, Alex Kozinski, announced his retirement.
A Washington post story detailed accusations of sexual misconduct from several of his former clerks and staffers.