The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications is accusing a New Haven judge of misconduct. Four misconduct charges have been filed against New Haven City Court Judge Geoff Robison.
The Commission, which investigates alleged ethical misconduct by judges, argues Judge Robison acted outside of his judicial role and performed the duties of a prosecutor.
Court filings indicate the judge allowed the filing and processing of state infraction cases in the New Haven City Court when the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office didn’t authorize them. The Commission also accused Judge Robison of allowing juveniles to resolve infraction cases through a deferral program, which isn’t allowed.
Judge Robison has 20 days to file an answer to the charges.
The Indiana Supreme Court has final say to determine what, if any, misconduct happened. The Court can do any of the following:
- Dismiss the charges
- Accept a disciplinary agreement between the two parties
- Reject a disciplinary agreement between the two parties
- Appoint a panel of judges to conduct a public hearing
- Impose a fine
- Impose sanctions ranging from reprimand to suspension to a permanent ban on holding judicial office
Read the court filing here.