On Monday, July 10, 2023, Kahlilia T. Davis, former judge of the 36th District Court, City of Detroit, Wayne County, filed a motion for reconsideration before the State of Michigan Supreme Court after being suspended for committing deliberate and repeated misconduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Hon. Kahlilia T. Davis,” with case no. 161134.
On Friday, June 23, 2023, the Michigan Supreme Court imposed a six-year conditional suspension without pay against the respondent. The accusations involved a range of misconduct, including abuse of contempt of court powers, failure to conduct necessary evidentiary hearings and hasty judgment-making, obstruction of court administration, deliberate disconnection of video recording equipment leading to proceedings without an official record, unauthorized recordings, publication of court proceedings, violation of handicapped parking regulations, and personal misrepresentations as a judge to the commission.
The court determined that the respondent’s actions had a detrimental impact on the administration of justice. The misconduct specifically affected the dismissal of potentially valid claims, hindered parties from appealing due to the lack of transcripts or recordings, neglected proper conduct of contempt proceedings, including the unlawful imprisonment of a party, and involved the inappropriate use of the respondent’s personal cell phone to record court proceedings. These acts further compromised the justice system’s ability to ascertain the truth in legal disputes and impeded the pursuit of fair outcomes in those cases for the same reasons.