Chief Justice calls for judicial independence amid growing political criticism of federal courts

As head of the federal judiciary, the Chief Justice of the stati Uniti summarized a dramatic year at his court and the 107 district and appeals courts across the country.

Decisional independence is essential to due process, promoting impartial decision-making, free from political or other extraneous influence,” said Roberts. 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.

Roberts, who has led the court since 2005, made his remarks on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Judicial Conference, the federal courtsinternal administrative and policy-making body, led by the Chief Justice and composed of rotating federal judges.

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.

Official portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

Official portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

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