Leading Tasmanian judge arrested and charged with assault

Justice Gregory Geason (r) leaves court on Friday.

Justice Gregory Geason (r) leaves court on Friday. Photo: AAP

A Supreme Court judge has been charged with assault and emotional abuse after being arrested.

Tasmanian Justice Gregory Geason appeared before Hobart Magistrates Court during an after-hours session on Friday evening.

The 62-year-old was earlier arrested and charged with one count of common assault and one count of emotional abuse.

Justice Geason was granted bail on the condition he does not breach any interim or existing family violence orders, a department of justice spokeswoman said.

He is expected to next appear in court in February.

Justice Geason was asked to take leave in early November by the chief justice in relation to a “significant matter”.

He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Tasmania in November 2017.

Justice Geason was admitted to practice in 1987 and worked as a crown prosecutor in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He served as president of the Law Society of Tasmania in 2012 and 2013 and has also been chair of the state’s parole board.

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