The State Bar of Georgia’s Review Panel has unanimously recommended that former DeKalb County State Court Judge Denise Majette be suspended from the practice of law for three years for fraudulent billing and other violations committed while working on an estate case with a team of lawyers in 2010.

The panel reviews lawyer discipline investigations and potential penalties, then seeks affirmation of penalties by the state Supreme Court.

A special master appointed by the high court in 2012 concluded that Majette violated several bar rules and had recommended disbarment.

In an Aug. 12 report, the panel said it believes suspension in lieu of disbarment is appropriate because the underlying complaint was the first in what the panel deemed Majette’s “distinguished career.”

Majette left the bench in 2002 to run for Congress. Majette upset incumbent U.S. Rep Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary and won the congressional seat, but later launched failed bids for U.S. Senate and state school superintendent.

According to the report, Majette’s reinstatement would be contingent upon her completion of the bar’s Law Management Practice Program, as well as six hours of continuing legal education on legal ethics.

Majette could not be reached on Thursday.