In re Robison, 020419 INSC, 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|
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
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.
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.
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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