The Supreme Court of Georgia publicly reprimanded and suspended Terrinee Lynette Gundy, Municipal Court Judge of the City of Atlanta, on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. The case is styled as ‘In the Matter of Judge Terrinee Lynette Gundy’ with case number #S19Z1369.

In 2017, the Judicial Qualifications Commission accused Judge Gundy of being habitually tardy and excessively absent. According to the formal charges, Judge Gundy was absent from work for approximately 40 days in 2016, 63 days in 2017, and 19 days for the period January 1 through July 17, 2018. The amended formal charges noted that Judge Gundy suffered from an illness in early 2017 that contributed to her absences, but alleged that she was absent on 33 days in 2017 after the resolution of that illness. A significant number of Judge Gundy’s absences, including those unrelated to her condition, resulted in the Municipal Court of Atlanta expanding resources to employ senior judges or judges pro tem to cover for her.

The judge was charged with violating Rule 1.2 (A), Rule 2.1, Rule 2.2, Rule 2.6 (A), and Rule 2.7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which requires:

Judges to hear and decide all assigned matters except when disqualified.

Judges to respect and comply with the law.

A judge to accord a right to be heard to all with a legal interest in a proceeding.

The order reads:

“Accordingly, this Court orders that Judge Terrinee Lynette Gundy be suspended without pay for 90 days and receive a public reprimand, which shall be imposed on her in person in open court by a judge designated by this Court. Upon issuance of this opinion, all filings made in this Court in this matter shall be unsealed.”

The Judge earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000.
The Judge’s Courtroom is at 150 Garnett Street SW in Atlanta.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.