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(Reuters) – U.S. federal judges need “more rigorous” ethics training to ensure they are not hearing disputes in which they have a financial interest, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a year-end report published on Friday, citing a recent Wall Street Journal investigation.

The newspaper reported in September that 131 federal judges broke disqualification rules and the judicial ethics code by presiding over cases involving companies in which they or family members owned stock.

“But for those judges who had multiple violations, or professed ignorance of the ethics rule, there is a more serious problem of inadequate ethics training,” Roberts said in the report.

Roberts said the federal judiciary’s policymaking body has already begun to enhance ethics training courses for judges to ensure they are aware of their obligations.

The House of Representatives on Dec. 1 voted 422-4 in favor of a bipartisan bill imposing more stringent public financial reporting requirements on federal district and appellate court judges. The Senate has not yet acted on a companion bill.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Additional reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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