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Significant changes proposed to the federal discipline rules: 1. Creates a mandatory national rule structure, replacing decentralized rule-making by each circuit. 2. Requires circuits to make copies of complaints available to the Conduct Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States for audit purposes. 3. In high-visibility cases, a chief judge may confirm existence of a complaint and an investigation. 4. Draws from civil summary judgment requirements as the standard for when a chief judge may terminate a complaint. 5. Provides limited review power to the Judicial Conference Conduct Committee, including review of decisions to dismiss a complaint. Issues the reforms do not resolve: 1. Does not address language that precludes the Conduct Committee’s authority to hear cases where circuit dismisses complaints without investigation. 2. No mandate that all final orders be placed on public court Web sites; rather leaves it the option of local circuits. 3. The Code of Conduct is “aspirational rather than a set of disciplinary rules.” 4. Does not address how to correct a judge’s pattern of delay, if complaint in a single case is automatically dismissed as an attack on the judge’s independence. 5. Did not make the rules user friendly for the public.

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