In re Robison, 020419 INSC, 18S-JD-466

Docket Nº:18S-JD-466
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM
Party Name:In the Matter of the Honorable Geoff L. Robison, Judge of the New Haven City Court, Respondent.
Attorney:ATTORNEY FOR RESPONDENT J. Michael Loomis Loomis Law Office Fort Wayne, Indiana ATTORNEYS FOR INDIANA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS Adrienne L. Meiring, Counsel to the Commission Marcus A. McGhee, Staff Attorney to the Commission Indianapolis, Indiana
Case Date:February 04, 2019
Court:Supreme Court of Indiana
 
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In the Matter of the Honorable Geoff L. Robison, Judge of the New Haven City Court, Respondent.

No. 18S-JD-466

Supreme Court of Indiana

February 4, 2019

Judicial Discipline Action

ATTORNEY FOR RESPONDENT J. Michael Loomis Loomis Law Office Fort Wayne, Indiana

ATTORNEYS FOR INDIANA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS Adrienne L. Meiring, Counsel to the Commission Marcus A. McGhee, Staff Attorney to the Commission Indianapolis, Indiana

OPINION

PER CURIAM

On September 21, 2018, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" ("Complaint") against the Respondent, Geoff L. Robison. Respondent timely filed an Answer, and a panel of Masters was appointed on November 1, with a hearing scheduled to commence on January 24, 2019.

On December 31, 2018, the parties tendered a "Conditional Agreement and Petition to Dismiss Matter as Moot." On January 15, 2019, the Court issued an order accepting the conditional agreement, dismissing this matter as moot, and discharging the appointed Masters. We now write to further explain this disposition.

Stipulated Facts

Respondent, at all times pertinent to the charges, was the judge of the New Haven City Court. Respondent is not an attorney.

Respondent resigned as judge of the New Haven City Court effective December 26, 2018. That same day, the New Haven City Council unanimously voted to close the New Haven City Court, effective December 31. The parties' Conditional Agreement, which this Court accepted on January 15, 2019, prohibits Respondent from future judicial service.

Discussion

When Respondent took office in 2000, only circuit court, superior court, and appellate judges were required to be Indiana-licensed attorneys. Ind. Const. Art. 7, §§ 7, 10; Ind. Code § 33-29-1-3. In 2015, Indiana Code section 3-8-1-1.5 was amended to require judicial candidates of all town courts and certain city courts to be Indiana attorneys in good standing. Non-attorney judges, like attorney judges, are ethically bound by the Rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct. See Ind. Code of...

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