My wife’s divorce lawyer is deliberately telling lies to the divorce court. I have asked for an evidentiary hearing, presented it to the Court of Appeals, and submitted a grievance to the state bar association.
What is the usual penalty for an attorney who lies to the court? Can I have her recused from representing my wife? Can she be disbarred? Can I sue her?
I am not licensed in your state (Georgia); however, a Google search directed me to the State Bar of Georgia’s website, where I found the following information: “When the State Bar receives a call or a letter from a person who expresses a concern about the conduct of a Georgia attorney, the communication is directed to the Consumer Assistance Program.”
The Georgia State Bar’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) helps people with questions or problems with their Georgia lawyer. Following a receipt of a proper grievance, the Georgia Office of the General Counsel will investigate the allegations.
It is clear in the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct that a lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal. While the maximum penalty for a violation of the aforementioned rule is disbarment, the State Bar may impose other penalties, such as sanctions, private reprimand, public reprimand, or a temporary suspension from the practice of law.