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|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Circuit Court 14|
|Title:||Family court judge|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Ernie Fletcher|
|Past post:||Director, Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program|
|Past post 2:||Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Fayette County|
|Law School:||University of Kentucky|
|Candidate for:||Kentucky Circuit Court 14|
|Election information 2014:|
Tamra Gormley is a family court judge on the Bourbon, Scott and Woodford Counties Family Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit, which presides over Bourbon, Scott, and Woodford counties in Kentucky. She was appointed to the court by former Governor Ernie Fletcher on May 2, 2007, and her current term expires in 2015. Gormley is running for re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit in 2014.
- See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
| Gormley is running for re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit.
Primary: She won the primary on May 20, 2014, receiving 41.6% of the vote. She competed against Dorothy Jo Mastin and Lisa Hart Morgan.
General: She will face Lisa Hart Morgan in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Before her appointment to the court, Gormley served as the director of the Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers Program. She has also previously served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Fayette County, as an assistant attorney general and director of Victim’s Advocacy for the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, and as the director of the Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
In the news
Suspension and reprimand (2011)
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.
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 are inaccurate in all of the charges, saying, "[t]hese are complaints, and I'm confident that I conducted myself appropriately in each of these".
- Kentucky Court of Justice, "Kentucky Circuit Court Judges," accessed May 22, 2014
- Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office, "Governor Fletcher Appoints Tamra Gormley as 14th Judicial Circuit Judge," May 2, 2007
- Lexington Leader-Herald, "Proceedings against family court judge begin," September 30, 2009
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Election: 2014 Primary Election: Family Court Judge," accessed February 17, 2014
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Unofficial 2014 Primary Results," accessed May 21, 2014
- Lexington Herald-Leader "State Supreme Court upholds Judge Gormley's suspension," January 26, 2011
- Kentucky.com, "Central Ky. family court judge faces misconduct charges" June 26, 2009
- Lexington Herald-Leader, "Deliberations begin in judicial misconduct case," October 1, 2009
- Lexington Herald-Leader, "Family court judge suspended for 45 days on misconduct charges," November 2, 2009
- Lexington Herald-Leader, "Judge suspended for 45 days without pay," November 3, 2009