Supreme Court justices should be bound by codes of ethics, US judges say
- Most judges in the US said Supreme Court justices should be bound by a code of ethics. Many were shocked to find out they weren’t.
- Among the judges who opposed the requirement for such a code, there were concerns about who might enforce it.
- The question comes amid repeated reports of ethical errors among judges and as the country’s highest court is expected to announce more than a dozen rulings on issues including abortion, guns, immigration and the environment over the next few weeks.
Hundreds of judges across the United States have said US Supreme Court justices should be bound by a code of ethics — and many said they were shocked to find that wasn’t already the case.
The National Judicial College questioned judges across the country whether the Supreme Court should be kept at a higher level. The poll came amid a controversial and high-profile U.S. Supreme Court calendar that included questions of bias and inquiries into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ family ties to the January 6, 2021 rioting in the U.S. Capitol.