With the federal judiciary rewriting their judicial conduct and disability rules, the concept of medical privacy may go out the window. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that under the proposal, a special committee of judges will investigate complaints and will have the power to request the subject judge’s medical records. In fact, the committee may even be allowed to ask for a medical or psychological evaluation.
What if a judge refuses? The rules would then allow the committee to take the judge’s lack of cooperation into account. It appears that these changes are being prompted by federal judges working longer before retirement. Of the sitting judiciary in the federal system, 12% are over the age of 80 and as of 2011 there were 11 judges over 90 still sitting on cases.
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