United States court system plans evaluation of work environment rules after claims

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018|6:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– The nation’s biggest federal court circuit revealed Friday that it plans to examine its work environment defenses following the resignation of a judge dealing with sexual misconduct allegations.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court determined the members of a brand-new committee charged with evaluating the court’s work environment policies and proposing any needed changes. The circuit consists of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and district courts in California and eight other states in the U.S. West.

Chief Judge Sidney Thomas said in a declaration that the courts had reliable treatments to avoid workplace concerns however had to re-examine them, improve communication and ensure law clerks and personnel of a “healthy and productive workplace.”

The statement follows the retirement last month of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski after the Washington Post reported that 15 ladies– a few of whom worked for him as law clerks or in other positions– accused him of searching, making lewd remarks or showing them porn.

The 9th Circuit committee will be headed by 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge M. Margaret McKeown, who was selected to the court by President Costs Clinton in 1998.

Thomas stated the circuit will collaborate its efforts with a working group just recently produced by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to examine the judiciary’s office conduct policies.

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