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Judicial Conference Approves Package of Workplace Conduct Reforms

“The federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body today approved a package of workplace conduct-related amendments stating the obligations of judges and Judiciary employees to report reliable information likely to constitute misconduct; making clear that confidentiality obligations should never be an obstacle to reporting judicial misconduct or disability; and specifying that retaliation for disclosing misconduct is itself misconduct. The changes to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, and the Judicial Conduct and Disability (JC&D) Act Rules respond to recommendations contained in the June 1, 2018, report of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group. In response to those recommendations, proposed amendments to the Judges’ Code and JC&D Act Rules were published for a 60-day public comment period and the proposed amendments to the Judicial Employees Code were released for a 60-day internal, Judiciary-wide comment period. The Committee on Codes of Conduct and the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability held a joint public hearing on October 30, 2018, to hear comments concerning the proposed amendments. The hearing was broadcast (link is external) live over The changes approved today by the Judicial Conference of the United States take effect immediately…”

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