Public Safety & Justice

Report: States More Lax Than Feds on Judges' Disclosure About Personal Interests

December 4, 2013

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have more lax financial disclosure rules for their high court justices than the disclosure requirements for federal judges, according to an analysis from a watchdog group.

In three states — Montana, Utah and Idaho — Supreme Court judges do not have to publicly report their personal financial interests, said the report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity. Idaho, though, has recently proposed changing its rules to require judges to report income sources, gifts and travel reimbursements.

Other states, such as California and Hawaii, were praised for putting disclosure reports online for the public.

The center examined three years of records for the states’ highest-ranking judges. Disclosure rules vary by state.

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