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Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 05, 2015

Success for Auckland Remits

Three remits put up by Auckland were passed by delegates attending the recent Royal Federation of Justices Associations' annual conference held recently at Takapuna.

Two remits were significant because they were both first suggested by Justices of the Peace in ground-roots Support Groups, endorsed and put forward by the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association.

The first, from Auckland’s Eastern Districts, called for the Ministry of Justice to provide for demographic diversity with on-line information and brochures to explain Justice of the Peace services in different languages. It was suggested that this information would be most helpful to those key non-English speaking communities who seek Justice of the Peace duties. Conference agreed with the proposition.

The other remit originated from one of the smaller Support Groups, Waiheke Island. Members there canvassed for a rewrite of the Manual of Ministerial duties, to be provided both on-line and in hard copy. The current Manual is out of date, they pointed out, and Justiuces of the Peace need a ready, accurate Manual that they can refer to. Conference agreed and a request will be made to the Ministry.

Auckland Association also had a remit passed by Conference that called for voting figures to be made available following elections at Conference. But the attempt to get Auckland’s “Active and Trained” initiative incorporated into the Federation’s proposed Accreditation system failed.  

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