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J.P.s and the General Election

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations Inc. is reminding J.P.s of the roles they may play in the General Election. Some will act as officials in their own right, some will assist with the early voting processes, while others will be part of the oversight of counting on the day or afterwards.

Royal Federation Registrar, Alan Hart, also reminds those J.P.s involved as candidates or organisers for political parties to take care that their status as a J.P. meets the Electoral Commission’s guidelines. “This,” he says, “is especially so for any J.P.s involved in Court Panels where public perception could confuse roles”.

Alan Hart is also advising against mixed messages in the media by candidates or organisers where any reference to their J.P. status could be misconstrued.

“Justices of the Peace who have undertaken Judicial Training or are Issuing Officers need to exercise objectivity, with particular care not to inadvertently give any hint of bias of their personal views on any topic including those of a political nature”.

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