Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stated that he believes federal courts are asserting what he has called “inappropriate political influence,” in his recent year-end report, according to Fox News.
The Friday report has caused much conversation in the midst of conflicting reports from the independent courts as political tensions rise with Roberts’ call for restructuring of the federal court system.
Roberts, who is the head of the federal judiciary branch, cited a year where his court and the 107 district and appeals courts across the country have had a tension fraught year.
“Decisional independence is essential to due process, promoting impartial decision-making, free from political or other extraneous influence,” said Roberts.
He cited, of equal importance, “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.”
The chief justice has been on the nation’s high court since 2005, and he made the remarks about his concerns about the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Judicial Conference, which is “the federal courts’ internal administrative and policy-making body, led by the chief justice and composed of rotating federal judges,” Fox News reported.
“He said the Conference has been focused on ensuring the courts run effectively despite disruptions caused by the pandemic, as well as unspecified cybersecurity threats.”
According to Roberts, the court is working to avoid lapses in ethics and recusal of the rules for federal judges who might be asked to preside over cases where they might have a monetary interest.