The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a public reprimand is sufficient punishment for a judge who admitted to being chronically tardy for work and to skipping court entirely far more often than her fellow judges.
According to the justices’ unanimous ruling, Chatham County Recorder’s Court Chief Judge Tammy Stokes “habitually” arrived an hour or more late for work over the last year and a half, and didn’t even show up 38 days last year when she was supposed to be on the bench. The court said that this year, Stokes had already missed 36 days of court by the time she was formally charged with violating the rules of judicial conduct by the Judicial Qualifications Commission in September.
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