Chief Justice Roberts promises review of sexual harassment policies in federal courts

Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered a “careful evaluation” of the judiciary’s standards of conduct and policies, saying the federal courts are not immune to the nationwide focus of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

The remarks came in Roberts’ annual year-end report Sunday on the third branch of government, which he heads as chief justice.

The 62-year-old Roberts said a working group he has assembled will focus on whether current procedures for “investigating and correcting inappropriate behavior are adequate to ensure an exemplary workplace for every judge and every court employee.”

A prominent federal judge resigned last month after he was accused of sexual misconduct on the job.