1905 JP on Stage
The satire "The JP” arrived in Auckland for a pre-Christmas season at His Majesty’s Theatre after a phenomenally long season in London and an extended tour booked for venues throughout New Zealand.
Miss Florence Lloyd, “straight from London!”, star of the “The JP”“The JP” is a silly farce, basking with foolish infatuation, smiles of beauty, irrepressible ungallantry, despite any amount of misfortune and ill abuse, shallow and cunning,” said the New Zealand Herald.
1907 Assault by Parasol
A middle-aged woman, Annie Irwin, who created a scene in Shortland Street on the afternoon of Christmas Day found herself before Justices of the Peace Dr Carolan, and Messres Jenkins and Jamieson. Irwin, it was alleged, stabbed a young man named Charles Hudson in the neck with her parasol and was charged with assault.
1912 Newspaper Report - Auckland Star
“Sixteen persons hung up their stockings on Tuesday evening in the Auckland police cells, and on Wednesday morning fifteen of them received a present of their liberty, all being discharged with a caution, irrespective of record or character.
Robert William Adams, who had allowed a labour argument with Alfred Polkinghorne run to indiscreet heat, was charged with having struck the other man, and was remanded by Mr Dunne on bail to appear on Saturday.
1913 Time for Leniency
During the first Police Court sitting after Christmas three Justices of the Peace, Messres Powley, MacKay and Langford said they wished so show leniency for defendants appearing before them.
“We desire to overlook any slight indiscretions associated with Christmas festivities, and today there’ll be no fines imposed in connection with such cases. With the exception of four, who have forfeited bail, all those charged with drunkenness are convicted and discharged” they declared.
in a further show of seasonal leniency by the Bench, a man who had stolen a roll of bacon and hid it in long grass to avoid capture was fined the value of the meat, 23 shillings and sixpence,
1920 Court Sitting on THE day
New Zealand Herald 25th December 1920: Christmas Morning Cases. A brief sitting of the Court was held on Christmas morning before Mr. W. Handley, JP. George Coyle was charged with drunkenness and with having wilfully damaged a glass window, valued at £4, and was remanded till to-morrow.
Justice of the Peace, J B Munro, one of the controllers of the Hobson Street Boot Pool announced that the service would continue during the Christmas break for the special benefit of unemployed relief workers coming to Auckland for the holiday break.
1931 Sad Movies
Premier Amusements Ltd screened movies in Otahuhu’s Orpheus cinema on Christmas Day without written permission of the local Borough Council, which prosecuted the company’s owners. Moreover, Council staff said the title of the movie shown was unsuitable on the day.
1935 In the True Christmas Spirit
The Coroner, Mr C. K. Lawrie JP, conducted an inquest into the death of a 26 year old Roy Lowrie who drowned on Christmas Day in the Waikato River near the Tuakau Bridge. “Roy Lowrie, unhesitating, went to the aid of a stranger struggling in the river at the first sign of the swimmer’s distress… and this is in accord with the highest British traditions,” said Mr Lawrie. “In his magnificent effort to save life he exhausted his own strength. May it be of comfort to Mr Lowrie’s family to know that in losing him as they did, on Christmas Day, the manner of his death exemplified the true Christmas spirit of good will…”. The swimmer that Roy Lowrie went in after also drowned.
1945 Inside Job
Messrs. J. B. Paterson and J. Melling, JPs, heard the case of a man, making a pre-Christmas visit to an inmate in Mt Eden Jail, who was charged with giving an inmate a packet of cigarettes and a box of matches.
While the defendant, Jack Read, pleaded guilty, the Justices heard that he did not know it was illegal to give the prisoner anything, especially a Christmas treat. In his ignorance he had done it in clear sight of a warder and had been arrested. The JPs fined Read £2.