Auckland had three of its remits passed at the weekend’s JPs’ national conference. A fourth was withdrawn. 29 JP Associations belong to the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations, all of which were represented at the Federation’s 86th Conference at Waitangi.
Delegates were asked to concur with Auckland Association’s remits, and though the voting was sometimes quite close, the majority of delegates agreed to three of the remits.
Their topics ranged from accreditation of JPs, (effectively, asking policy on the matter to be re-examined before being implemented), to Service Desks (more discussions and detail before guidelines are decided) and on-going training (as a legislated requirement for all JPs). A remit suggesting that the periodical Justices Quarterly be discontinued in favour of electronic distribution was withdrawn when earlier discussion at Conference indicated that the Board is considering changes to its entire communications portfolio.
In the election for Vice-President of the Royal Federation, Auckland’s Wallis Walker lost to Denise Hutchins, who has been Central Region’s representative on the Board. While Wallis lost out for the vice-presidency, she returns after a gap to serve on the Board as Auckland Regional Representative.