Tamra Gormley

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Tamra Gormley
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Current Court Information:
Kentucky Circuit Court 14
Title:   Family court judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Ernie Fletcher
Active:   2007-2015
Past post:   Director, Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program
Past post 2:   Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Fayette County
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Boston College
Law School:   University of Kentucky
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 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.[1] She was appointed to the court by former Governor Ernie Fletcher on May 2, 2007, and her current term expires in 2015.[2][3] Gormley is running for re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit in 2014.[4]



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.[4][5]


Gormley received her undergraduate degree in English from Boston College and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.[2]


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.[2]

In the news

Suspension and reprimand (2011)

In January 2011, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the forty-five day suspension and a public reprimand.[6]

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.[6]

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".[7]

Her hearing before the state's Judicial Conduct Commission occurred in September 2009.[8]

On October 30, 2009, the Judicial Conduct Commission suspended Gormley for forty-five days on two counts.[9][10]

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