Judicial Tenure Commission recommends 30 days misconduct suspension for Judge Lisa Gorcyca

Posted at 4:22 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 17:20:21-05

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca is facing a 30 days suspension and censure over her conduct in overseeing a divorce case.

A Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission report recommended the sentence because she committed judicial misconduct when she held three children in contempt and sent them to Children's Village.

According to the report:

The Commission concludes that Respondent committed judicial misconduct by abusing her judicial powers of contempt on June 24, 2015 in ordering three children to be confined at the Oakland County Children's Village for declining to engage in visitation with their father, abusing her contempt powers out of frustration at being unable to convince them to visit with their father, and by using insulting, demeaning, and humiliating language directed at the three children during proceedings in open court. For these acts of misconduct, the Commission recommends that Respondent be publicly censured and suspended from office without pay for a period of thirty days.

Earlier this year, the JTC ruled that Judge Gorcyca violated judicial conduct rules, including acting inappropriately on the bench, and making disparaging comments to children, who were part of a custody case she presided over.

This stems from a JTC hearing that centered around a contentious divorce and custody dispute in the Tsimhoni case. Gorcyca presided over the case for approximately five-years. Three children were involved in the case.

Gorcyca found the siblings in contempt and sent them to juvenile detention for refusing to have lunch with their father. After national media attention, the children were released.

The JTC report also says Gorcyca violated her contempt powers and failed to act in a dignified manner on the bench.

Read the complete report below:

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