The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land and the final arbiter of justice in the country. As such, it is subject to immense scrutiny, and it is expected to act with integrity and maintain a high standard of ethics. Recently, due to public pressure, the Court has issued a code of conduct for the justices which seeks to ensure that members of the Court act with the highest ethical standards and respect public confidence in the Court.
In the face of increasing public debate and skepticism about Supreme Court rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a Code of Conduct for judges and justices on May 3, 2021. The code seeks to “promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary” by providing guidance on the ethical behavior expected of judges and justices.
The code is comprised of nine sections, each of which is aimed at ensuring that judges and justices exercise their duties with fairness, impartiality, and integrity. This includes a commitment to avoid conflicts of interest, taking “appropriate steps” to ensure that their decisions remain independent and detached from political pressure, and providing impartial rulings in all cases.
It also outlines a number of explicit prohibitions, such as engaging in conduct that casts doubt upon the impartiality of the court, failing to recuse themselves from a case when faced with a conflict of interest, and failing to take measures to ensure that deliberations remain free from influence.
The Code seeks to establish clear standards of ethical conduct, ensuring that justices of the Supreme Court are held to a high standard of conduct. This measure is seen as a step towards greater transparency and accountability in the Court’s decisions, and should help to restore public faith in the institution.
The Code of Conduct is a much-needed step in the right direction, and will hopefully help the Court to maintain the highest ethical standards. As the Supreme Court plays an integral role in the day-to-day lives of citizens across the country, it is essential that it does all it can to maintain the public’s confidence in its decisions and its commitment to justice.