“J.P.”, Cultural Diversity in the Spotlight
Prominent lawyer, businesswoman, columnist and author, Mai Chen, in her address to Conference, urged delegates to drop the abbreviated name “J.P” in favour of the full title “Justice of the Peace”.
She told the 2015 Royal Federation of Justice Associations’ Annual Conference that the full name has a certain ring to it, sounds better and accurately describes Justices’ duties both now and into the foreseeable future.
Mai Chen said many Justices of the Peace, particularly in the main centres, are already experiencing cultural diversity in our communities. “They’re dealing with a wide range of nationalities and these people now make up many of those seeking Ministerial Duties,” she said, “and those Justices of the Peace in other places not yet seeing these people will do so soon… be ready… statistics project growing cultural diversity throughout the country”.
[Conference later resolved to seek dessimination of on-line information and brochures to explain Justice of the Peace services in different languages for key non-English speaking communities]