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Long Service Recognised

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

5 long-serving Justices of the Peace recently received certificates of appreciation at a function in Orewa. 

The 5 have opted for JP Retired status after serving their local community for many years. One, John Hoyle of Red Beach has served for more than 44 years… others had been an active Justice for at least 20 years.

Local MP and Associate Minister of Justice, Mark Mitchell, presented the awards at a celebratory morning tea. Other Justices were Judith McArthur of Red Beach, Edwin Munro of Stanmore Bay, Shirley Notton from Warkworth and Kevin Sutton of Orewa.

The Ministry of Justice provides certificates to acknowledge long service by Justices and the Association is “catching up” with presentation to dozens who qualify: some Justices are being recognised and thanked having served for more than 50 years. The certificates will be presented at appropriate gatherings, or forwarded to those who prefer not to attend a function.   

Service Desks: Increased Community Work

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Justices of the Peace at Service Desks across Greater Auckland are seeing increasing numbers of clients and processing more documents than ever.

Data received for February from most of the 65 Desks shows growth in most activities: a total of some 35,000 transactions during the month.

“Projected, this means Auckland Justices will likely process more than half a million documents this calendar year”, says Council Member, Ric Carlyon, who oversees Service Desk activities, “which is a fantastic public service by volunteer Justices without charge to either the clients or the community. And our members not only put in time attending Service Desks, but also attend meetings and training courses at night and  at weekends to keep up-to-date with changes to documentation and processes”.

The busiest Service desk, by far is the Auckland District Court where two Justices are  on a roster to attend for 3 hours each weekday. In February they helped clients with more than 7,000 transactions.  

Hub Meetings Off To A Good Start

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The first 2 Hub meetings have been judged a success and a good start to the new scheme designed to bring together local Support Groups for training and camaraderie.

North East Hub met at Red Beach. 64 members attended travelling from as far away as Helensville, Warkworth and Takapuna.

There were 34 Justices at the Southern Hub meeting held in Friendship House, Manukau City. 

At both venues Justices, on feedback sheets, said the overall quality of content was very good and without exception everyone reported learning something new.

The first Hub meetings in each part of Auckland has a theme to welcome back Justices who have not been  engaged in duties for a while,  as well as updating those who are regular attendees at Support Group gatherings. The theme worked… at both meetings there were Justices who had not been to Association activities for some time and they were appreciative, gaining renewed confidence enabling them to better carry out Ministerial duties.

Of note was that some Justices attended Hub meetings other than at their local venue. They found dates and times that suited them further afield: which is the reason why all Hub Meetings are advised to all Justices so they can “mix and match”. Justices are reminded to take Ministerial Manual to these meetings – copies are available if you do not have one and that  each session can be used to meet Accreditation requirements.

The next Hubs meet as follows:


Saturday 29 April 9.00am – 12.00pm

NORTH WEST HUB

(based on Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland & Whau support groups)

St John’s / Lions Hall

243 Edmonton Rd, TE ATATU

Saturday 29 April 1.00pm – 4.00pm


Saturday 29 April 1.00pm - 4.00pm

CENTRAL WEST HUB

(based on Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom

support groups)

Mt Roskill Primary School

37 Frost Rd, MT ROSKILL


Saturday 6 May 1.00pm – 4.00pm
SOUTH EAST HUB 

(based on Eastern Districts, Otara & MOWPEG support groups)

Peace Experiment Montessori School

18 Pilkington Rd, PANMURE


Others to be advised:

LOWER NORTH HUB

CENTRAL HUB

CENTRAL EAST

ISLANDS HUB 

Two Grants Welcomed

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Council, at this week's meeting, welcomed news that two grants have been received, enabling projects, previously “on hold”, to be funded and to go ahead.

The grants are from the Joyce Fisher Trust and the Lottery Grants Commission.

“These funds will be used to benefit the Association, our members and, ultimately, the community”, says President Selwyn Haworth. 

“We are very grateful to the two organisations and at our meeting Council members gave preliminary consideration how best to apply the funds”.

“The grant from Joyce Fisher Trust is, as per our application, tagged – it enables us to catch up with the electronic age at Service Desks, giving Justices access to the internet which is fast becoming an essential tool so they can carry out their duties”.  

The grant from Lotteries,” Selwyn says, "will be applied towards greatly needed operational expenses (including website enhancement, publicity, conferences and insurance), training needs (Hub venue hire & material and trainer development) and Service Desk/Support Group ‘needs’”.    

Hub Meetings - The New Way

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 27, 2017

The major change in the organisation of the Association’s members across Greater Auckland takes effect from this weekend.

In recent weeks Justices of the Peace have supported the move to Hubs, 8 on the mainland and one catering for Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Each Hub provides a local gathering place for Justices to meet and for training.

At each of the 8 Hubs the first training session is specially designed to up-date Justices, whether they have attended recent education forums or haven’t attended for some time.

Those in the latter case will be particularly welcomed. “For some, it’s just a matter of regaining confidence and getting up to speed on latest practices” says Principal Trainer Garry Nicholls, “so they can resume their service to the community”.       

Of interest to all Justices will be latest techniques in providing certified copies of material downloaded from electronic devices such as the internet and mobile phones, with emphasis on special requirements for financial documents.

While Hubs have been set up to provide local bases for meetings, the co-ordinator of Support Groups, Dawn Jones, stresses that Justices can attend any of the Hub sessions, choosing the dates and times that suit. Justices should take their Ministerial Manuals to these meetings. 

North East Hub 
Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast, Albany
Saturday 1 April 9am-12pm
Faithfull Funeral Services
35 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach

South Hub
Papatoetoe, Manukau/South Auckland
Saturday 1 April 4pm-7pm
Friendship House
20 Putney Way, Manukau


North West Hub
Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland, Whau
Saturday 29 April 9am – 12pm
St John’s/Lions Hall
243 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu

Central West Hub
Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom
Saturday 29 April 1pm-4pm
Mt Roskill Primary School
37 Frost Rd, Mt Roskill

Central East Hub
Hobson, Glen Point, St Heliers
Details to be advised

South East Hub 
Eastern Districts, Otara, MOWPEG 
Saturday 6 May 1pm-4pm
Peace Experiment - Montessori School
18 Pilkington Rd, Panmure

Lower North Hub
Takapuna, Devonport, Kaipatiki 
Sunday 21 May 9.30am-12.30pm
Birkdale Intermediate School 
200 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale

Central Hub
Auckland Central, Pt Chevalier/Westmere
Saturday 27 May 2pm-5pm 
Ponsonby Primary School 
44 Curran St, Herne Bay

Waiheke Hub 
Sunday 10 September
Details to be advised
 



Association's Autumn Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association's Council warmly invites members and partners to join them at the upcoming and entertaining Autumn Luncheon.

DATE:          Sunday 7 May 2017 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)

TIME:          11.30am – 2.30pm

VENUE:        The Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road Parnell

GUEST:        Natalie Walker, Crown Solicitor for Manukau

                    Natalie is the first Crown Solicitor to be appointed to Manukau, the second youngest in the country and one of only four women to hold this position out of sixteen nation-wide.

COST:          $40.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar

                    There are limited places for this luncheon so do book early!

Please pay either by

Direct credit to the following bank account (our preferred method)

Bank:                     BNZ

A/c Name:              Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn

A/c Number:           02-0256-0333810-000

Reference:              Payer’s Surname and initial(s) / AJPA Lunch / MOJJP or telephone number

NB:  Please include all of the reference details prompted

OR by

Cheque posted to

Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn                                        

P O Box 108 229

Symonds Street

Auckland 1150                                                

Grant to Assist Justices’ Work

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 13, 2017

The Association has benefited from a grant of more than $52,000 from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust.

Thrilled with the news, President Selwyn Haworth says the money will be used to assist our members who carry out Ministerial duties at Service Desks. 

“We’ll be purchasing equipment to enable on-duty Justices to access the internet. This will provide them with any on-line guidance they may need on the many matters they deal with across so many agencies and companies". 

"It will also simplify recording their data, essential to tally the services provided, everywhere, by Justices of the Peace. We’ll start by equipping the busiest of our 65 desks across Greater Auckland”.  



The Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust was founded in 1975 by Lady Joyce Fisher, wife of Sir Woolf Fisher, both in their own right philanthropists, and in whose name several Trusts continue to benefit the community.  

Farewell to Alan Hart

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 06, 2017


Retiring Registrar, Alan Hart at his farewell.
The Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations farewelled retiring Registrar, Alan Hart, on the last day of its meeting in Rotorua.

President, Denise Hutchins, gave the official “goodbye” on behalf of Justices everywhere.

Alan, as Registrar, has overseen innovation now taken as a matter of course for Justices of the Peace. The first arrangement with the Ministry of Justice, now known as the Contract for Service, was developed in his time. “From which”, he says, “flowed an immense amount of work, particularly for trainers and the Federation office staff to meet commitments. The Federation’s website was created during Alan’s office, there have been giant leaps within the education and formal study for Justices and increased funding from Government to assist activities.

President Denis Hutchins thanked Alan for his 15 years’ service and wished him well for the future.

Alan’s replacement, Tony Pugh, has taken office with the title National Manager and was on hand to meet delegates at Rotorua.    

No Appetite for a Cuppa and Muffin

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 06, 2017

Auckland Justices, detecting little support from other Associations, withdrew its remit at the Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations which called for refreshments during training sessions.

Auckland thought it was reasonable that during training sessions of 3 - 4 hours Justices could expect a break with cup of tea or coffee, and a food item such as a muffin: the cost reimbursed as training expenses. The break, with refreshments, was regarded as appropriate, especially for those who travelled long distances to and from the sessions.

But at the Conference in Rotorua Auckland delegates detected little appetite for paid refreshments so withdrew the Remit.  

Another Auckland remit was carried. It sought to make strong a recommendation to the Ministry of Justice that some minor offences, removed into Category 1 beyond the jurisdiction of Judicial Justices of the Peace, should be re-instated.

Of the other remits from Auckland, one called for an enforced lapse of 12 months between appointment of a Justice and gaining accreditation. “The public expects accredited Justices will have professional knowledge gained during experience and 12 months seems appropriate” it was argued, but other delegates voted the measure down.

Another Auckland remit was passed, calling for the results of induction training and accreditation testing to be passed on to training officers in each Association so they can see, and fill the knowledge gaps with additional/targeted tutorials. No names of those tested will be revealed, just the (anonymous) results.  

Marlborough Association wants the Ministry of Justice to find ways to monitor and improve the competencies of Justices of the Peace so that the public enjoys the right to a proficient service. The Conference agreed with the conjecture.

Two remits were passed seeking more use of Judicial Justices of the Peace in court work, asking the Ministry of Justice to help realise their full potential, and/or extend their jurisdiction by a change in the law.

Marlborough Association withdrew its remit trying to delay consideration of the frequency of the Federation’s meetings.

And Nelson-Tasman Association’s remit found favour at Conference and will be applauded by Ministerial Justices of the Peace everywhere. It wants the Federation to get agreement by banks, financial and similar institutions to agree on a standard wording for Justices to use when, as “a trusted referee” under anti money-laundering legislation, they identify individuals in photographs.

Once a standard form of wording is agreed, Nelson-Tasman pointed out, Justices can organise appropriate stamps. At present the wording required differs from bank to bank, and among other institutions, and the long declaration often has to be hand-written.

The same Association successfully argued that the Justices of the Peace unique number should be recognised in official documentation as an Official Identifier.

Ashburton was also successful in its bid requesting the magazine Justice Quarterly continue in hard copy, rather than become an electronic journal after 2020 as previously agreed. Ashburton says a paper-based periodical should continue as a “shop window for the work of Justices of the Peace in the community”.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Association’s proposal for a policy of extensive archiving and filing Associations’ records on a central data base, and for the later disposal of paper records, did not find favour with delegates.    

Further News from Conference

Delegates from throughout the land attending this weekend’s conference of Royal Federation of Justices Associations have had several thought-provoking addresses.

Jonathan Temm, QC, in his speech titled “"Looking to Justices of the Peace for Leadership in the Community" reviewed present issues in the justice system and was highly critical of it.  

He contends it’s a legal system rather than a justice system which he says is ineffective, ineffectual, under-funded and misunderstood. He concludes it’s a tyranny of the majority. Prisons, he opines, are not working.

He told Justices there needs to be progress in our liberal democracy, an investment in people with a focus on education and information.

“Concentrate on the matters that unite us rather than those that divide” he implored, “promoting unity and community”.

Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, who oversees New Zealand’s 176 district court judges, also addressed the conference.

She told delegates that recent international research shows that the No 1 characteristic for those in judicial roles was humility and a sense of public service. 

“In my estimation,” she said, “this definitely applies to JPs”.

Her theme was "Adapting to Change in the Justice System" and spoke about some upcoming changes this year, concluding that there needs to be more leadership, compassion and community.

Here are some updates from conference for you for the website as follows:

1.  Jonathan Temm QC gave a provocative speech under the heading "Looking to Justices of the Peace for Leadership in the Community" and a review of present issues:

a. Idea of progress in a liberal democracy

b. This is not a justice system at all - it's a legal system (ineffective, ineffectual, under funded and misunderstood)

c. Tyranny of the majority

d. People have to be invested in

e. Prisons are not working

f. Focus on education and information

g. Focus on things that unite not divide us - unity and community


2. Chief District Court Judge J M Doogue addressed the conference also - she oversees 176 district court judges.

She advised us that the No 1 characteristic that came out of recent international research for those in judicial roles was humility and a sense of public service.  This definitely applied to JPs in her estimation. Her theme was about "Adapting to Change in the Justice System" and briefly spoke about some upcoming changes for 2017.
Concluded with there needs to be more leadership, compassion and community.

3. 20% of all JPs are now accredited nation wide

4. Remits as follows:

Remits 1,2,3,4,6,9,10,11 - Carried

Remits 5 and 12 - Lost

Remits 7 and 8 - Withdrawn


5. Election of Officers to the Board - all elected unopposed.

Forgot to mention the Assoc Minister for Justice, Hon Mark Mitchell addressed the conference first thing today.

Official opening last night was formal but not too long, welcomed by the Mayor of Rotorua Districts, MOJ personnel spoke Jacqueline ? Need to get surname to you if you want this.

Currently in a break for afternoon tea and about to go to seminar Ric.  I've ccd Selwyn so he can check, amend etc.

Cheers - Sherryl


Further News from Conference

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, March 05, 2017

Delegates from throughout the land attending this weekend’s conference of Royal Federation of Justices Associations have had several thought-provoking addresses.

Jonathan Temm, QC, in his speech titled “"Looking to Justices of the Peace for Leadership in the Community" reviewed present issues in the justice system and was critical of it.  

He contends it’s a legal system rather than a justice system which he says is ineffective, ineffectual, under-funded and misunderstood. He concludes it’s a tyranny of the majority. Prisons, he opines, are not working.

He told Justices there needs to be progress in our liberal democracy, an investment in people with a focus on education and information.

“Concentrate on the matters that unite us rather than those that divide” he implored, “promoting unity and community”.

Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, who oversees New Zealand’s 176 district court judges, also addressed the conference. 

She told delegates that recent international research shows that the No 1 characteristic for those in judicial roles was humility and a sense of public service. 

“In my estimation,” she said, “this definitely applies to Justices of the Peace”.

Her theme was "Adapting to Change in the Justice System" and spoke about some upcoming changes this year, concluding that there's room for more leadership, compassion and community.


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