The Auckland Regional Conference of Justices of the Peace followed the Association’s Annual General Meeting. (See report below)
In her address to Members, President of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations, Denise Hutchins, reviewed recent matters and activities that the nation-wide Federation is advancing on behalf of Justices of the Peace.
“On top of these”, she said,” we are looking to further improve public access to Justice of the Peace services, notably through Service Desks which we know have already grown in number”.
“We are often told by officials that Justices of the Peace should be acting in wider matters, so we are about to go into talks to see if there are more ways in which Justices of the Peace may act within the Judicial, or allied, systems”.
Denise said that with increasing public service, demand for help, growth of the Justices’ organisation and possible new duties, it’s time every Justice stepped up to serve their community, to fully play their part.
Among other matters Denise listed as being actively considered by Royal Federation: revision of the Education Trust, the distribution of funds towards Service Desks and recently-developed Maori protocols.
“Accreditation of Justices has been up and running for a few months,” says Denise, “backed up by the on-line Education Modules… useful in themselves, but also great preparation for Justices undertaking the Accreditation Test”.