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Mistaken Identity

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 11, 2014

In initial conversation with the couple in front of me during my session at the Service Desk it was obvious that English was their second language. The document they presented had already been processed as a Statutory Declaration by another J.P.

So, why had they come to the CAB to see another J.P. and what did they want me to do?

The gentleman pointed to Section 18 which in the document followed the Statutory Declaration and stood out as the only section not signed off. Section 18 asked “Is the applicant of sound mind?”

I told the couple that as a J. P. I was not qualified, nor prepared, to sign on the dotted line. Once this had sunk in disappointment was written large over both faces, but the woman dived into her bag, and produced a letter, a guide to help complete the form. She thrust it out, confident this would solve any problem and that, in a flash, I would be signing and stamping the document.

“Section 18….” the notes said “… must be completed by a registered medical practitioner who has known you for at least 6 months”

Right, I concluded, just a small misunderstanding because of the way spoken English sounds, and only one letter out! The applicant needs a G.P. rather than a J.P.!

Emerging Leaders

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, August 07, 2014

The first Emerging Leaders’ Course organised in Wellington by the Royal Federation has been praised by the two J.P.s who attended from Auckland.

The course is a Federation initiative, arranged under the auspices of the J.P. Education Trust and sponsored by the Gallagher Charitable Trust.
Auckland Association received 2 nominations, Yvonne Hawkins and Jade Wood and both attended the inaugural weekend course.

Yvonne is grateful for the opportunity to participate -
“…attendance for me emphasised the need for continuing development as a J.P. to keep pace with the ever-changing demands and that the value of networking cannot be underestimated”.

Jade also thanked those involved - “…my congratulations to all those who organised it. This type of event will surely increase the quality of people coming through to leadership positions both in local Associations and in the Federation". The pair will be formally reporting to the Auckland Association's Council at one of its future meetings. Pictured: The Emerging Leaders' Course in session.


Recognition of Service

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Association is joining with Royal Federation and the Ministry of Justice, playing catch-up on well-deserved recognition of those Justices of the Peace who have served over the decades.

The Ministry recently agreed to award a certificate for those achieving 30 years and 10 members of our Association will soon receive their certificates.

The Registrar is advising Royal Federation of a number of Auckland J.P.s who have served as many as 57 years, asking that they be accorded some form of recognition.

“Active and Trained”

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 04, 2014

This is the Association’s new mission, to encourage all J.P.s to be active and trained, as recently agreed by the Council. 

The one page chart shows that J.P.s, to properly fulfil office, ethics and conduct should be active (regularly available to serve their community) and  trained, (kept up to date by accessing regular education sessions).

The chart shows the simple steps to best meet the criteria.

At the foot of the chart is the suggestion that a list of these ‘Active and Trained’ members of the Auckland JP Association be provided annually to electorate MPs. The corollary being those who are no longer able, or interested, in serving as efficient J.P.s would be invited by their local M.P. to become ‘J.P. Retired’ or to step down.

Download: Active and Trained Diagram

Royal Federation Items

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, August 02, 2014

Items from Royal Federation of Justices'Associations -

+Nominations are now being received on the proscribed forms for the offices of President, Vice President, and Regional Representative for Northern, Auckland, Central, and Southern Regions respectively. All positons are for one year only and incumbents who are available to serve a further term need to nominate again. Nominations are made by Associations (not by individuals), they must be signed by the person nominated and received at Royal Federation office before 1st November 2014, together with a CV.
+There’ll be a Judicial Studies Course from 1 April to 30 September each year with the next course beginning 1st April, 2015. Associations requiring new panel members have been requested to identify suitable JPs for the Course which is a component of the wider Judicial Studies Programme. Associations must endorse each application… J.P.s, the Royal Federation stresses,  may not undertake the course for personal interest or in the vague hope of joining their local bench panel at a future time.
+ Registry Office marriages by authorised J.P.s in West Auckland are to continue. The trial, in which ceremonies were conducted specially by authorised J.P.s., has been reviewed and while fewer couples took part than was expected, the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Citizenship says the service will continue. “While 73 couples were wed since September 2013, feedback has been very favourable so I’m happy to continue the service in West Auckland for couples wishing to avail themselves of this option”. Royal Federation says at this stage there’s no indication of an extension of this option to other parts of the country, “…but we have raised this as an issue with the Ministry of Justice which will be the instigator of any move by Court staff to cease providing the service in the various court locations where they currently do so. We will advise associations further as this project develops but associations should also approach their own Court mangers to canvass this and other options for service to the public”.

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”.

Call For Comments

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The proposed draft of the Association’s amended Constitution has been sent out to all Support Groups and interested parties for comment.

A committee of Council recently completed a revision of the Constitution which was implemented in 1997 and had been amended, piecemeal, over the years. The committee says every effort’s been made to use plain language to assist easy understanding.

The Registrar, Roger Brookes, will receive submissions until the end of the first week of September.

Members will be asked to approve the final draft of the new Rules at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 29th October.

200 Years – Government House Reception in Wellington

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 28, 2014

The Governor-General is hosting a reception to help mark 200 years’ community service by J.P.s in Wellington on Tuesday 25th November 2014, 5.30 - 7pm.

Allocation of places, pro-rata, means Auckland gets 40 invitations.

There’s no assistance with travel to or from Wellington, nor for accommodation.

Members wishing to attend should contact the Registrar, Roger Brookes, for further information and to make application for a formal invitation. 

Shipping News : “Active” sails

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kororareka, (Russell) Bay of Islands 25th July 1814

The brigantine “Active” sailed today for Botany Bay having been a familiar sight in Bay of Islands this past month.

“Active“, Captain Dillon, is returning to Sydney-town having brought missionaries Thomas Kendall and William Hall to New Zealand, their task to ascertain current attitudes among Maori towards missionaries and settlers. Long-time and sometimes impatient advocate of establishing Christian missionaries here, the Reverend Samuel Marsden, commissioned both the ship and the persons as an “advance party” to make certain future European visitors won’t meet the same dreadful and unforgettable fate as the ship “Boyd”. 6 years ago the ship was sacked by the natives. Most of its crew and passengers were killed, some cannibalised.

Kendall returns to Marsden with favourable signs that a mission might be established. Since their arrival here both Misters Kendall and Hall have travelled throughout the Bay of Islands, and a little inland, meeting Maori chiefs.

The visitors have been amicably received throughout and have persuaded a number of chiefly personages to return with them to Botany Bay aboard the “Active”, namely Ngapuhi chiefs Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Korokoro, Te Nganga, Punahou and Hongi's son Ripiro.

Their appearance in Sydney-town will almost certainly persuade Governor Macquarie to allow departures for New Zealand and to encourage Marsden to bring Christianity to these islands. This  will be greatly assisted if, as envisaged, the natives give assurances of a peaceful reception for all future missionaries and settlers.

Before departure Captain Dillon estimated the voyage across the Tasman, given favourable conditions, would take about a month.

Justices of the Peace Thanked

Ric Carlyon - Friday, July 25, 2014

J.P.s’ service to their community was acknowledged last night at a reception held by the Albert-Eden Local Board.

Local Justices of the Peace, and their partners, were thanked by Board Chairman Peter Haynes for the invaluable contribution they make assisting the public, sometimes in their homes, or at their workplace or in a Service Desk.

“While the Board wants to thank you for your services, it’s particularly appropriate  at this time”, Peter noted, “because this year you are celebrating the 200th anniversary of New Zealand’s first J.P. taking office in Bay of Islands”.

Board Member Glenda Fryer said it was important to invite partners and acknowledge their part as well, because they so often ably support the work of the J.P. 

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