A preliminary investigation has dismissed the majority of workplace allegations made against Victorian coroner Sara Hinchey, but a claim she took alcohol belonging to the court could cost the judge her job.
The Judicial Commission of Victoria, which investigates complaints about judicial officers, on Monday said it had dismissed 87 of 92 allegations made against Judge Hinchey, but five warrant further action.
Judge Hinchey stepped down from her role as coroner in August while the Judicial Commission investigated the complaint made against her.
The commission has referred for further investigation one allegation that Judge Hinchey took home alcohol purchased by the Coroners Court.
"The Commission was of the opinion it could,if substantiated,amount to proven misbehaviour such as to warrant removal from office," it said in a statement.
Another investigating panel will consider the alcohol allegation, since the commission has limited powers.
Four allegations about Judge Hinchey's workplace conduct were substantiated and referred to the head of jurisdiction, Victorian County Court chief judge Peter Kidd, for counselling.
It's alleged Judge Hinchey removed her skirt and persuaded a former senior employee to try on the skirt during a meetingwith two other employees.
In another meeting, it's alleged Judge Hinchey spoke in a way "that could have been understood as threatening to harm the professional reputations of those people".
She is also accused of frequently swearing during meetings with senior staff, and filming two suggestive dance moves and encouraging staff to dance and be filmed fora Coroners Court and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine revue.
The commission said it referred these matters because they may affect Judge Hinchey's performance and may infringe the conduct standards expected of judicial officers.
A spokesman for Judge Hinchey said she welcomes the commission's findings.
Solicitor Tony Hargreaves said Judge Hinchey will continue to cooperate fully over the remaining allegations.
"She looks forward to resolution of the remaining matters in the near future," he said in a statement.