When it comes to disclosing judges' salaries, investments, gifts and other financial information, the District of Columbia recently received a failing grade in a nationwide survey.
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, gave 41 states plus D.C. an 'F' in a new report released this week on how states handle public financial disclosures by high court judges. The center's grades were based on what information judges were required to disclose, how much of that information was made public and whether judges were held accountable for filing.
The District tied for the lowest score among states that require at least some financial disclosures by judges. Judges in the D.C. Court of Appeals face "fairly extensive" disclosure requirements, the Center for Public Integrity's report noted, but the majority of that information is kept out of the public eye. D.C. Superior Court judges follow the same disclosure rules as their colleagues in the appeals court.