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Financial Disclosure and the Supreme Court

CRS Legal Sidebar: April 14, 2023: ” The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (EIGA) established financial disclosure reporting requirements for many high-level government officials and employees, including the Chief Justice of the United States and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justices must file publicly available financial disclosure statements that report certain financial transactions. A recent article detailing undisclosed trips by an Associate Justice has increased interest in Supreme Court ethics and the interpretation of the EIGA’s reporting requirements.This Legal Sidebar provides an overview of financial disclosure requirements under the EIGA and how they apply to the judicial branch. It also examines recent statutory and regulatory updates to judicial branch financial disclosure requirements. The Sidebar concludes with a discussion of potential congressional action on Supreme Court ethics and highlights legal considerations regarding Congress’s authority to regulate the Supreme Court.”

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