A judge who has served provincial court in Manitoba for more than two decades has been charged with assault and uttering threats.

The charges against Brian Corrin, 65, were laid by Winnipeg police on Thursday, according to a spokesperson with the Manitoba courts.

The allegations involve a family member.

According to Winnipeg police, the incident happened Feb. 20 at a home in the city's River Heights neighbourhood.

Corrin allegedly became involved in confrontation with a woman and physically assaulted her, causing minor injuries. The woman was also threatened, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday and Corrin was taken into custody.

He has been released on a promise to appear in court to face the charges.

He has also been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome.

Corrin is a former Winnipeg city councillor and provincial NDP MLA and once also ran for mayor.

He served as councillor from 1974-77, when he moved to the legislature after winning a seat in the 1977 provincial election.

He served the Winnipeg riding of Wellington as an opposition member and justice critic. In 1983, while still in the legislature, Corrin challenged incumbent Mayor Bill Norrie in the civic election, but was soundly defeated.

He has been a provincial judge since 1988.

In 1996, he was suspended for 30 days after a panel of six judges found him guilty of misconduct.

One of the incidents that led to the decision was a court hearing he had skipped so he could oversee repairs on his car.

With files from The Canadian Press