The Labor Party welcomes the Government’s announcement that the Parliament will next week consider a motion requesting her Excellency the Governor to suspend Justice Gregory Geason.
The family violence criminal charges Justice Geason is facing are serious and it is entirely reasonable for him to be stood down on administrative leave while the case progresses through the Magistrates Court. The only way for a Judge to be stood down on administrative leave is via this motion being moved by the Parliament.
Justice Geason and the complainant are entitled to have the case heard and for justice to take its course.
Labor calls on the Government to ensure that an interstate Magistrate be brought in to hear the family violence charges. This is not a criticism of Tasmania’s Magistrates, rather recognition that we have a small legal profession here and it is vital that no conflicts of interest affect the case in any way.
It remains within the power of Parliament to, at a later date, establish a commission of inquiry which would see three eminent former senior judges from interstate consider Justice Geason’s ability to serve in the position of Judge. Such a commission would need to ensure procedural fairness is applied.
Ella Haddad MP
Shadow Attorney General