A Supreme Court Justice has been charged with assault and emotional abuse.
Police confirmed that they arrested and charged a 62-year-old Hobart man, who is believed to be Supreme Court Justice Gregory Geason, according to the Mercury.
‘The man has been charged with one count of common assault as well as one count of emotional abuse,’ a Tasmania Police statement read.
Justice Geason appeared at Hobart Magistrates Court during an out of hours hearing on Friday night.
It comes a month after Attorney-General Guy Barnett issued a brief media release stating that a Justice had been asked to take leave.
Supreme Court Justice Gregory Geason, 62, (pictured) has been arrested and charged with assault and emotional abuse
The initial release from the Attorney-General did not list specific details such as the judge’s name, the nature of the charges, or how the issue would be resolved.
‘Today I met with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in relation to a significant matter involving a judge,’ Mr Barnett said.
‘The Chief Justice has asked the judge to take leave until further notice.
‘As Attorney-General, I take this matter very seriously and will consider any further action as appropriate.’
A Tasmanian Police spokesperson said that an investigation was launched after receiving a number of inquiries.
‘Tasmania Police has received inquiries in relation to whether an individual was the subject of a police family violence order,’ a spokesperson said.
‘Police do not provide comment in relation to police family violence orders.’
It’s understood the family violence order issued to Justice Geason relates to a relationship with a woman.
A parliamentary process is required to remove a Supreme Court judge.
The Tasmania state government refused to comment on it would respond to the developments, The Australian reported.
Justice Geason appeared at Hobart Magistrates Court during an out of hours hearing on Friday night
Attorney-General Guy Barnett (pictured) initially issued a brief media release on November 2 stating that a Justice had been asked to take leave
No findings have been made against Justice Geason.
Justice Geason was appointed to the Supreme Court Bench in 2017 where he vowed to do the best he could behind the bench during his tenure.
‘The court will have before it the unfortunate and the fortunate, the powerful and the weak, the strong and the broken,’ he said at his swearing-in.
‘I’ll do my best to live up to your expectations of me.’
Justice Geason had been a respected judge at the time and was commended for his 30 years of experience in civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts.
He was admitted to practice in 1987 and worked as a Crown Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, according to his bio on the Supreme Court website.
Previously the respected judge had been the best man at former premier Will Hodgman’s wedding.