The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a judge’s ethics case until late August, saying the disciplinary panel calling for his removal from office didn’t file a sufficient record.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a judge’s ethics case until late August, saying the disciplinary panel calling for his removal from office didn’t file a sufficient record.
Justices issued an order late Thursday afternoon in Circuit Judge L.T. Simes’ case to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
In April, the commission recommended that Simes be removed from the bench for acting as an attorney while also sitting as a judge.
Justices said that the disciplinary panel did not file with the court several documents in the case, including the statement of allegations made against the judge. Justices ordered the commission to file the “entire record” by July 27.
They also ordered both sides in the case to file new briefs with the court by Aug. 17 and reply briefs by Aug. 31.
At a hearing in February, Simes said he had been fired from acting as administrator of an estate, but records show he billed for work on the case after he became a judge in 1997.
The commission cited Simes’ explanation that he did not make any effort to return the money because he believed that would have been considered practicing law. He also told the commission, according to the panel’s report in March, that he “would have done it differently if I knew you were watching.”
There was no answer Thursday at a number listed for Simes in Helena-West Helena.
David Sachar, the commission’s deputy director, said the commission would quickly file the rest of the documents.