No. 24482 - In the Matter of: C. Page Hamrick, III, Family
Law Master for Kanawha
Maynard, Justice, concurring:
I concur with the majority but write
separately because I think that the majority was too hard on family law master Hamrick and
too easy on Ms. Adams. Ms. Adams engaged in a deliberate abuse of the judicial process by
insisting that litigation she knew was frivolous and baseless continue to the point that
an unnecessary hearing was held. She claimed that she had paid certain medical bills for
her son and was entitled to reimbursement from her former husband. Although Mr. Adams
produced canceled checks prior to the hearing to prove that he had paid the medical bills,
Ms. Adams insisted that a hearing be scheduled. At the hearing, it was determined that Mr.
Adams only owed Ms. Adams $25.00 for a bill which she had never submitted to him. On top
of that, during her testimony, Ms. Adams falsely misrepresented prior orders of the court.
Ms. Adams wasted valuable time of the court, and it is unfortunate that there are no
consequences for her actions. I further think that because the charges were dismissed
against family law master Hamrick, he should be entitled to payment of his attorney fees
pursuant to Rule 4.13 of the West Virginia Rules of Judicial Disciplinary Procedure.