Head of US judiciary’s administrative arm to leave the bench – Reuters

Head of US judiciary’s administrative arm to leave the bench – Reuters

  • Judge Roslynn Mauskopf to retire in 2024 as a federal judge
  • Successor at Administrative Office to be selected

Nov 20 (Reuters) – U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, who as the director of the federal judiciary’s administrative arm oversaw the rollout of a new financial disclosure system and pushed for greater security for judges, plans to retire from the bench in early 2024.

The retirement was announced on Monday by Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who appointed the Brooklyn judge to serve as director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in 2021 and will select her successor.

Roberts said that Mauskopf as the director guided the judiciary through the COVID-19 pandemic, implemented workplace conduct and ethics reforms, addressed budgetary challenges and worked to improve cybersecurity defense and technology.

“On behalf of the Judiciary, I thank Roz for her leadership and wish her all the best as she returns to New York to begin a new phase of her career,” Roberts said in a statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court said a new director will be selected at a future date.

Mauskopf, 66, was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Republican former President George W. Bush, after earlier serving under him as the top federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York.

She served as the Eastern District’s chief judge from January 2020 to February 2021, when Roberts tapped her to succeed retiring AO director James Duff, a privilege that Mauskopf on Monday said she was “deeply grateful” to have had.

Under her watch, the AO last year launched a new, congressionally mandated online database of judges’ financial disclosure reports, though many reports remain unavailable due to delays.

She pushed Congress for increased funding for court security and cybersecurity and legislation aimed at protecting judges by shielding their personal information online after a New Jersey federal judge’s son was fatally shot by a disgruntled litigant.

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Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston

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Nate Raymond reports on the federal judiciary and litigation. He can be reached at [email protected].