(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement last Friday of his intention to appoint him to a five-year term as a member of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure:
Thank you, President Trump, for moving to appoint me to the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure. I am honored and humbled by your confidence. This important new responsibility will be in addition to my duties as Judicial Watch President. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to ‘maintain public confidence in an independent, impartial, fair, and qualified judiciary, and to enforce the high standards of conduct judges must adhere to both on and off the bench.’ Our nation’s capital should endeavor to have the best court system in the country.
The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is an independent agency established by Congress to review complaints of misconduct against judges of the District of Columbia Courts. The commission’s authority includes reappointment evaluations (sent to the president) of associate judges and performance and fitness reviews of senior judges.
The commission has “the authority to remove a judge for willful misconduct in office, for willful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties, and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, or which brings the judicial office into disrepute. The Commission also has the authority to retire a judge involuntarily if the Commission determines that the judge suffers from a mental or physical disability which is or is likely to become permanent and which prevents, or seriously interferes with, the proper performance of duties. In addition, the Commission may, under appropriate circumstances, censure or reprimand a judge publicly.”