A training registration form sent last week to thousands of federal judiciary staffers came back with 34 of 40 respondents saying they saw "wrongful conduct in the workplace," reports the Washington Post. Officials quickly removed the question from the survey. Spokesman David Sellers from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said the question on misconduct was too and calls its inclusion an administrative error. He said that although the judiciary wants employees to feel comfortable reporting such incidents, the question wasn't appropriate for a registration form.
Sellers said the number of responses was too small to establish trend. Chief Justice John Roberts detailed how misconduct is handled in the judiciary in his report last year which brought scrutiny from Congress. Advocates question the judiciary's ability to police itself because it is insulated from many workplace protections. “The judiciary cannot adequately assess whether misconduct is pervasive without robust and retrospective reviews, including questions tailored to assess the nature and frequency of such conduct,” said Deeva Shah, an attorney who represents more than 20 current and former federal judiciary employees.