Wednesday, September 23, 2009
An elected Tennessee general sessions court judge who has served since 1998 has been charged with neglect of duties and other misconduct by the disciplinary counsel for the Court of the Judiciary. The charges (filed earlier this week) allege that the judge "consistently failed to attend her dockets and extensively used special judges to hold her dockets." It is alleged that the special judge appopintments failed to comply with statutory requirements. Further, it is alleged that the judge's frequent absences were willfull and involved attention to prohibited outside practice.
Finally, it is alleged that the judge "hired as her court officer her daughter and authorized her to be paid a salary commensurate with her assigned duties when she had no experience or training for this position and this selection was made without competitive consideration of qualified applicants....[her] daughter served in this position for approximately one year."
Disciplinary counsel moved for a hearing within 60 days of the filing of an answer.
Nashville NewsChannel5.com has a November 2008 report on the late to court problem. Money quote from the judge:
"If you're looking for perfect, you need to throw me out because I am not perfect."