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Supreme Court judge lineup reshuffled by Attorney-General to address backlog crisis

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Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Guy Barnett. Image / Pulse

Two additional judges have been added to Tasmania’s Supreme Court lineup to help deal with a backlog of cases after Justice Gregory Geason was charged with criminal offences late last year.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Daly will join the Supreme Court as an Associate Judge, while Justice David Porter AM will serve as a full-time Acting Judge.


“These additional appointments are being made in recognition of the ongoing workload of the Court and the need for the Government to continue to support the Court wherever possible to reduce backlog issues,” Attorney-General Guy Barnett said.

“I welcome the appointment of their Honours to the Supreme Court, given their wealth of knowledge and experience.”

The Supreme Court of Tasmania. Image / Pulse

Barnett said Deputy Chief Magistrate Daly has had a “long and esteemed career” in the legal profession since he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1994.

Justice Porter AM, who was appointed as an Acting Judge in 2023 on a part-time basis for two years, will now serve as a full-time judge to support the Court until June 30, 2025.

Supreme Court justice Gregory Geason leaves Hobart Magistrates Court. Image / 7 Tasmania

He is a former full-time judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, serving between 2008 and 2016 after being admitted to the Supreme Court in 1978.

During Geason’s latest court appearance earlier this month, it was decided that an interstate magistrate will be flown in to deal with his alleged common assault, emotional abuse and intimidation case.


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