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Tamra Gormley

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Tamra Gormley
Current Court Information:
Kentucky Circuit Court 14
Title:   Former family court judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Ernie Fletcher
Active:   5/2/2007-1/2015
Succeeded by:   Lisa Hart Morgan
Past post:   Director, Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program
Past term:   2006-2007
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Boston College, 1985
Law School:   University of Kentucky, 1988
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Circuit Court 14
Position:  3rd Division
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Primary vote:  41.6%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014

Tamra Gormley was a family court judge on the Bourbon, Scott and Woodford Counties Family Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Kentucky.[1] She was appointed to the court by former Governor Ernie Fletcher on May 2, 2007, to fill the seat until it could be filled by election. She was then elected to the position the following November.[2][3]

Gormley ran for re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit in 2014, but she was defeated by Lisa Hart Morgan. She stepped down from the bench at the end of her term in January 2015.[4]



See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Gormley ran for re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit.
Primary: She was successful in the primary on May 20, 2014, receiving 41.6% of the vote. She competed against Dorothy Jo Mastin and Lisa Hart Morgan.
General: She faced Lisa Hart Morgan in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4][5]


Gormley received a B.A. in English from Boston College in 1985 and her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1988.[2][6]


  • 2007-2015: Judge, 14th Judicial Circuit
  • 2006-2007: Director, Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2004-2007: Director, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, Office of the Governor and Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • 1999-2007: Attorney in private practice
  • 1996-1999: Assistant attorney general
  • 1989-1996: Assistant commonwealth's attorney, Fayette Commonwealth[6]

Awards and associations


  • 2009: Keeping Children Safe Spirit Award, Department for Community Based Services of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • 2000: Guardian Angel Award for Outstanding Service and Devotion to Innocent Victims of Crimes, Kentuckians’ Voice for Crime Victims
  • 1999: Outstanding Service in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in Kentucky, Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board
  • 1996: 3 Who Made A Difference in 1996, ACE Magazine
  • 1988-1996: Outstanding Service as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney plaque of recognition, Fayette County
  • 1994: Outstanding Victim Advocacy, Kentucky Victims' Coalition
  • 1990: Outstanding Victim Advocacy, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government


  • Executive committee member, Kentucky Circuit Judges’ Association
  • Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    • Member, Juvenile and Family Law Advisory Committee
    • Member, Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee
    • Advisory member, Legislative Committee
    • Advisory member, Diversity Committee
  • Chair, Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers Program - Advisory Committee
  • Co-chair, Council on Domestic Violence - Civil Remedies Committee
  • Member, Kentucky Medical Association - Subcommittee on Domestic Violence
  • Member, Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse
  • Member, Kentucky Board of Nursing - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Advisory Committee
  • Member, Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center - The Future Well-Being of Women in Kentucky Research Project
  • Member, Kentucky Criminal Justice Council
  • Member, Kentucky Justice Cabinet - Sexual Offender Community Notification Workgroup
  • Co-chair, Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence - Criminal Justice Committee
  • Member, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Member, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board - Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Co-chair, Office of the Attorney General - School Safety Summit
  • Member, Administrative Office of the Courts - Domestic Violence Joint Jurisdiction Committee
  • Member, Kentucky Early Childhood Development Task Force
  • Board of directors, Kentucky Victims’ Coalition
  • Board of directors, Kentucky Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Member, Office of the Attorney General - DUI Task Force Education Subcommittee
  • Senior Citizen Advisory Board, Office of the Attorney General
  • Board of directors, Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorneys' Association
  • 2002: Secretary of the board of directors, Woodford Youth Soccer Association
  • 1999-2002: Board of directors, Woodford County United Way[6]

In the news

Suspension and reprimand (2011)

In January 2011, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the forty-five day suspension and a public reprimand.[7]

In January 2011, in an matter unrelated to the forty-five day suspension, Gormley agreed to serve a ten-day suspension without pay in relation to judicial misconduct charges stemming from a child custody case.[7]

Judicial misconduct charges (2009)

Gormley was charged with three separate counts of judicial misconduct related to incidences in court. The first of the charges involved her treatment of a defendant in her courtroom. She was alleged to have demeaned and denied due process rights to a man in court on a domestic violence charge. The second complaint stated Gormley disregarded jurisdictional or venue requirements and pleading and notice requirements for a domestic violence and custody case, and the third involved crossing jurisdictional lines with an Indiana court.

Gormley responded that the details were inaccurate in all of the charges, saying, "[t]hese are complaints, and I'm confident that I conducted myself appropriately in each of these".[8]

Her hearing before the state's Judicial Conduct Commission occurred in September 2009.[9]

On October 30, 2009, the Judicial Conduct Commission suspended Gormley for forty-five days on two counts.[10][11]

See also

External links


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