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Presidency and Council Positions Being Contested

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 03, 2015

With nominations closed for officers of the Association for 2015-16, there will be elections at the Annual General Meeting for some positions. 
President: There are two nominations for President: the incumbent, Colin Davis, and present Vice President, Selwyn Haworth.  
Vice President There’s but one person standing for this office, present and long-standing Council member, and former President, Ken McKay.
Council: With 10 candidates for 8 positions on Council, there will be an election. Those on the ballot will be Ric Carlyon, Wendell Dunn, Tamati Howard, Dawn Jones, Peter King, Neville Madden, Ian Marshall, Garry Nicholls, Les Smith and Sherryl Wilson. 
Two present Council members, Susan Walker and Wallis Walker, continue as members on the Council as they are both halfway through their 2-year term of office.
Regional Representative: This position goes unchallenged: Pat Samson is the sole nominee. 

The Annual General Meeting is being held on Tuesday 25th August at the Cathedral Visitors' Centre, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, commencing 7.30 pm.

Members : For Your Diary

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Members of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association:

Important Dates:

Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, 25th August at the Cathedral Visitors’ Centre, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, commencing 7.30 pm.

Auckland Regional Conference, Sunday 13th September at Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom. Registrations 8.30am, Welcome 9.15am 


Meet our Support Groups - Devonport

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 13, 2015

The Support Group in Auckland’s North Shore marine suburb is relatively new and small. But, determined to enhance Justice of the Peace services in Devonport, its members have provided something of a model in the establishment of a new Service Desk.  
The first meeting of local Justices of the Peace, hosted by Jo Cliffe in her own home, was a milestone in establishing active JPs in the area. Some met for the first time while others were surprised to learn of other JPs in the district. From that meeting it was ascertained that there were probably enough Active and Trained JPs to help at a Service Desk, should one be established.  The group had to find a suitable venue, but a problem arose. The natural “home” would have been the local waterfront Public Library. But about the time Jo and her Group were thinking about a Service Desk the library was about to be demolished and replaced with a 7 million dollar state-of-the-art building, a year-long, programme. Rather than find temporary space, the Group decided to wait until the new library opened.
As opening day approached the Group began liaising with library staff who welcomed the idea of a Service Desk in the new building. Jo set about getting publicity to advise locals about the new service… an article in the local paper, inclusion in the Service Desks list on the JPs website, leaflets in the Post Office and business-houses and a sandwich-board sign. 
The new Service Desk opened on April 20th. It operates Monday afternoons, noon until 2pm. Local JPs take a turn about once in 2 months to maintain a roster. Jo Cliffe describes the venue, the new library, as “pleasant, vibrant… a stunning and convenient location” and says the librarians support the Desk, giving every encouragement.  “We set up in a quiet corner,” Jo says, “where there’s a desk and stools and space for people to sit and wait if required”. Local MP, Hon Maggie Barry, apologising for not being at the opening, subsequently mentioned the new Service Desk on her Face Book pages, further publicising the new Service Desk. 

Paddy Stafford Bush standing beside the banner (sponsored by Anne Iremonger and Jenny Hinton of Harcourts, Devonport), flanked by fellow JPs, Iain Fraser, Stan Collins, Mike Barlow
 and Martin Foster MNZM. Standing at the back is Sue Parr, the Devonport Library Manager 

Meantime the Devonport Group will continue with regular meetings with aspects of training built-in while for other sessions members will join with Justices of the Peace at Takapuna for specialised training. 
Of the future,  Jo says ,“Our thought is to add another day eventually... probably a Saturday morning... but prior to that we would like to hear from local JPs who are currently outside the Association and may be able to help us, and, as well, we'll be encouraging our MP to appoint some new active people within our area”.

Rule Change for some Visa Applications

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 06, 2015

A change instituted by Immigration New Zealand will reduce the workload for Justices of the Peace when they’re dealing with people who are applying for some Temporary Visas. From today, as a general rule, applicants are no longer required to supply certified copies, or in some cases, originals of documents with their applications for work, student or visitor visas. 
Until today Justices of the Peace have been certifying copies of supporting documents as “a true copy of the original” for those people completing application documents.

Effective Monday 6th July 2015, Immigration New Zealand says uncertified coloured photocopies of documents will be acceptable for the above applications.

Justices of the Peace will be saved having to attest true copies.  
But Immigration New Zealand says originals or certified copies will still be required for residence applications and temporary applications under the entrepreneurial work visa category. And immigration officers retain the right to ask for original documents during the processing of a visa application. 
They will continue to accept applications containing originals or certified copies if they are provided and advise the relevant forms will be updated in due course to reflect these new rules.

Date Set for Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association’s  Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 25th August at the Cathedral Visitors’ Centre, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, commencing 7.30 pm.

Magna Carta's 800th Anniversary Marked

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Auckland joined celebrations being held today in England and around the world to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor. Tonight’s choral evensong in Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell honoured the Magna Carta... the Great Charter... the foundation of democracy and our rule of law. 
A number of Justices of the Peace attended the service, reflecting that the Magna Carta’s principles bear on almost every duty they carry out.
The service was led by the Dean, the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore and the lessons were read by the Chief Justice, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias and Bruce Gray, QC.
There were several reminders during the service about how the 800 year old charter has stood the test of time, its fundamentals still relevant to society today.
But in her address, Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marchant, Chair of the Magna Carta 800 Committee for New Zealand, looked ahead - saying the charter’s principles must be retained in the future and not just for us, but for other countries where justice and human rights continue to be at risk.      

Magna Carta – “The Touchstone of our Liberties”

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, June 02, 2015

That’s how one eminent British historian is describing the Magna Carta, which in a few weeks will celebrate its 800th anniversary. The event is being marked in the United Kingdom and also in those countries, such as the United States, who have included Magna Carta’s principles in their own constitutions. 
Here at home a special service celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell on Sunday 14th June at 5pm - Justices of the Peace are invited

Magna Carta’s principles bear on almost every duty Justices of the Peace have been carrying out over the centuries, responsibilities which more or less parallel the time since the Great Charter was signed on June 15, 1215.  

Some overseas academics have revisited their studies of Magna Carta, or Great Charter, as part of the 800th celebrations, and they conclude it’s just as relevant today as it was the day it was in signed at Runnymede in Surrey.

Past evidence shows the Magna Carta’s simple ideas of freedom and justice have, jurists say, become part of the genetic structure of humankind. 

Today, academics point out, Magna Carta is evoked and cited whenever basic freedoms come under threat from over-zealous governments.

Future challenges, historians predict, mean that its principles, with the power of social networking, the internet and other electronic means to spread them, will no doubt continue to have huge influence, wherever freedom is under attack.

Magna Carta, among other principles, 
- assured basic rights with the principle that no-one was above the law, including the king, 
- meant no free man could be imprisoned without a fair trial, lawful judgement of his equals,
- enabled the questioning of institutions which represent us.

Another historian summed it up – “Magna Carta’s the foundation of democracy and our rule of our law - its 800th anniversary is worth celebrating!”.

Opportunity : Issuing Officers…

Ric Carlyon - Monday, June 01, 2015

Definition: Issuing Officers are those 350 Justices of the Peace authorised to issue Search Warrants under the Search and Surveillance Act which became law in October 2012. Those Justices of the Peace were authorised for 3 years: the term expires in October this year. Royal Federation’s Trainer, Sarah Loftus, says those Justices of the Peace who have signaled they are willing to renew their authorisation will be considered for a further term by the Attorney-General.
Opportunity: There’s an opening for other Justices of the Peace to serve the community as Issuing Officers. “Enforcement agency officers, usually police, generally take applications for Search Warrants to Justice of the Peace Issuing Officers only when a court-staff issuing officer is not available” says Sarah, “so that’s out of business hours and while this is not policy it’s a practice which has become standard. In my experience all those who have trained as issuing officers have found it an interesting and valuable exercise”.
Training: Authorisation as an Issuing Officer can only be considered by those who have completed the on-line training. “It will be made available from late June for three weeks on the Royal Federation website for all Justices of the Peace who are interested in the role”, Sarah advises, “followed by assessment”.  
Application: Members who wish to undertake the training and assessment should immediately contact to have their name added to the training list.

New Justices of the Peace Sworn

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eight new Justices of the Peace from Greater Auckland were sworn in by Judge Philippa Cunningham earlier this week.

They are Mrs Susan Kate Bromley, Pakuranga: Mrs Susan Fay Eustace, Mission Bay: Mrs Janet Robyn Higham, Helensville: Ms Ngaire Beverley Johns, Pakuranga: Mr Palakkapilli Joseph Mathew, Glenfield: Mr Graeme Thomas Rodgers, Browns Bay: Mrs Nivedita Sharma Vij, Dannemora and Mr Brian Winthrop, of Ellerslie.

They were welcomed to membership of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association by President, Colin Davis, and within a week or two will begin duties under the Association's Active and Trained initiative.   

Magna Carta Celebrations

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 As the cornerstone of British Justice, the Magna Carta is reflected in due process in New Zealand: close to the work all Justices of the Peace carry out in their daily duties. 

Justices of the Peace have been especially invited to attend .

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