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In re Robison

Supreme Court of Indiana

January 15, 2019

In the Matter of the Honorable Geoff L. Robison, New Haven City Court

          J. Michael Loomis Counsel for Respondent Attorney No. 10143-49

          Adrienne L. Meiring Counsel to the Commission Attorney No. 18414-45

          Marcus Alan McGhee Staff Attorney to the Commission Attorney No. 34113-49

          PUBLISHED ORDER DISMISSING MATTER

          Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice.

         On September 21, 2018, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" against the Respondent, Geoff L. Robison. Respondent timely filed an Answer, and a panel of Masters was appointed on November 1. The matter is presently pending before this Court, 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." Having reviewed the Conditional Agreement, the Court ACCEPTS its facts and the parties' Agreement. A copy of the Conditional Agreement is attached to and is made a part of this order. For the reasons stated below, the Court elects to dismiss this matter as moot.

         Respondent, at the time the Complaint was filed, was the judge of the New Haven City Court. 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, 2018. Continued litigation of this matter would be an inefficient use of limited judicial resources. See In re Chapala, 902 N.E.2d 218, 219 (Ind. 2009).

         Accordingly, this matter is hereby DISMISSED. The Masters appointed in this case are discharged, and we thank them for their diligent service in this matter. An opinion of the Court explaining this disposition will follow.

         All Justices concur.

         PARTIES' CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT AND PETITION TO DISMISS MATTER AS MOOT

         The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, by counsel and with the Chief Justice not participating, and Respondent Judge Geoffrey L. Robison, in person and by counsel, submit their Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement, and petition the Court to dismiss this matter as moot for the following reasons:

         STIPULATED FACTS

         1. On September 21, 2018, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed its Notice of the Institution of Formal ...


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