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Ric Carlyon - Thursday, December 10, 2015

From Council's December Meeting held yesterday: 

Judicial: 
Council member Les Smith reported that the 3 Justices of the Peace who trained for Judicial duties have passed on-line studies, as well as the practicum, and are expected to begin duties on the Bench in the new year. Meantime, 3 more Justices have been selected to train.

Social: 
The Association’s social calendar resumes after a break with a mid-year luncheon planned at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, on Sunday May 15th. Sherryl Wilson, Council member, promises a dynamic speaker (to be advised) to add to the occasion.

Support Groups: 
Dawn Jones, who oversees these groups for Council, advised there are now 25 across Greater Auckland with the possibility of a new one at New Lynn and amalgamation of Pt Chevalier and Mt Albert. Another date to be noted, this time by Support Group coordinators, a combined meeting at Auckland District Court on 20 February 2016.

Nominated Persons:
Also in February, Council member Neville Madden has arranged a refresher-workshop for those Justices who are also Nominated Persons under Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act. 

Ministerial Duties Training
Garry Nicholls told Council that the next induction training session for new Justices of the Peace will be held before Christmas while the same tight timetable applies to begin the selection process for 13 candidates.  

Service Desks Stats: 
There are still wide gaps in reporting processes by many Service Desks, Ian Marshall advised members, which he says impairs statistics covering duties performed by Justices of the Peace at the more than 50 Desks in Auckland. Ian wants to simplify gathering this information and suggests a central, easily-accessible on-line repository. “As it is, with not all Desks (by far!) reporting, some 27,000 documents are processed by Justices each month”.  

Financial: 
Those Association members who have not paid their annual subscription (about two-thirds the membership) are reminded that these are now due. Pay now… don’t wait for the reminder notice to jog your memory! 

Christmas Break: It was agreed the Registry Office will be closed from 23rd December to 18th January with facility put in place to answer any urgent inquiries over this period

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