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Obituary: Life Member, Past President Ross Familton

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waldour Ross Familton, QSO, JP, who died yesterday aged 96 years, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1980 and was a former member of Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association for almost 20 years. 

He was made Life Member of the Association in 2003. 

Ross sat on the Bench and gave leadership in education, selection and protocols for Judicial Justices of the Peace. He was Chairman of Education and Training, Social Committee and was editor of Court Panel Information Bulletin.

During World War 2 Ross Familton served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific Islands at the height of the Japanese threat. 

After obtaining an MA with honours Ross became a teacher. In 1962-63 he was President of NZ Educational Institute, the primary teachers’ professional organisation. In 1971 he was awarded a Fellowship of NZEI and later went on to serve many years as Post Primary Teachers’ Association representative on the NZEI committee responsible for selecting teachers for awards. Tamati Howard, present member of the Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, was also a member of that committee. Ross retired from Principal of Avondale College.

Mr Familton was awarded the Queen's Service Order (QSO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2007 for services to education and Justices of the Peace. 

He became Justice of the Peace, Retired, in December 2014. 

His funeral will be held next Tuesday at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, 5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, at 2pm.

Association's Annual Dinner

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Annual Dinner

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association Council warmly invites members and partners to join them at the upcoming and entertaining Annual Dinner.

DATE:  Thursday 17 November, 2016
TIME:  6.30pm for 7.00pm
VENUE: Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell (opposite Parnell School)
GUEST: Melissa Lee, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Communities. Melissa chairs the Commerce Select Committee and is a member of the Education and Science Committee.
TOPIC: Melissa will speak to us on "Celebrating Diversity".
COST:  $50.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar

Do book early to ensure you do not miss out on an entertaining evening and dinner relaxing with fellow Justices and their Partners!

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 Dinner / 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

September Meeting of the Council

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Council of the Association met for the first time since last month's Annual General Meeting. 
  • New members Roger Brookes and Kamlesh Naidu were welcomed to Council.
  • Preparations were made for attendances at Royal Federation’s national conference being held in Rotorua in March next year. 
  • Combining the Annual General Meeting with the Auckland Regional Conference was considered, overall, a success with more than 200 members attending. Consideration will be given to repeating the combined meeting.
  • The Association had 1,468 members as at August 31st.
  • Investigation’s to be made to ascertain if the “Members Only” section of both Royal Federation and Auckland Association website can be linked, protected by a member’s personal password.
  • Work’s begun to improve liaison with Support Groups and Service Desks
  • 10 candidates are progressing towards becoming Justices of the Peace
  • Ministerial training during the month included refreshers on Immigration, Dissolution of Marriage, Certifying Copies for Financial Institutions and Customer Services. Members also received encouragement to complete documentation so they are Accredited Justices of the Peace.     
  • A reminder was given of the Association’s Annual Dinner on 17th November (details in a separate news item) 
  • In August, Auckland Judicial Justices of the Peace, among Court matters, heard remands and bails for a total of 974 charges involving 343 defendants. They also heard 386 traffic-related prosecutions. Justices of the Peace put in 196 hours on Court-related activities during the month.   

New Council – First Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016

At the first meeting of the 2016-17 Council, President Selwyn Haworth outlined members’ responsibilities: those leading various committees of Council. 

Selwyn retains chairmanship of Registry and Finance Committee while Dawn Jones oversees Support Groups and Service Desks. 

Vice-President Garry Nicholls heads the Ministerial Training Team while Sherryl Wilson chairs Fellowship and Social Affairs. Susan Walker oversees Ministerial Complaints, Ric Carlyon looks after Communications and the Association’s website while Les Smith is appointed chairman of Judicial Matters. Neville Madden administers Issuing Officers, Section 9 Officers and Nominated Persons. 

Pat Samson is Auckland’s Representative on the Board of Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations.

“This combination of experience and energy in all our committees puts us in good shape to achieve the three main goals, as I see them, for the new 12 months,” says President, Selwyn Haworth, “to grow membership, to review the Support Group and Service Desk network and to implement our strategic plan which incorporates more Justices being “active and current”: thus better able to serve the community”

Service Desks… Our Growth Factor

Ric Carlyon - Monday, September 12, 2016

By far most activities by Justices of the Peace take place at Service Desks across Greater Auckland. And it’s a growing enterprise as those needing the services of a Justice of the Peace visit their local Service Desk... with numbers attending on a steep increase. 
The Eastern Suburbs Support Group has just added its latest Service Desk, its eighth in the district, in Flat Bush at Ormiston Senior College open on Tuesday evenings. 
In Helensville there’s now a session at the local CAB on Saturday mornings.
A ways-and-means meeting, encouraged by the local MP, has been held by Justices of the Peace at Mangere with plans to open a Service Desk there. This will fill a gap in services offered in the suburb. 
In Henderson the local Support Group is finalising venues for two further Service Desks in the vicinity of the Town Centre.
These new Desks will bring to more than 60 the number of Service Desks organised by the Auckland Justices’ Association across the Super City. 

Long Service Awards Presented

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Opportunity was taken at the Justices of the Peace Auckland Regional Conference to present long service certificates.

50 Justices received certificates of service and appreciation - and it will be a rare sight to see so many long-serving Justices on the same platform because this was a “catch-up” of certificates “owing” for some time.


Thanks to Royal Federation and Ministry of Justice, the certificates were processed and made available for Sunday’s ceremony. 

President of Royal Federation, Denise Hutchins, made the presentations which recognised individual’s service ranging from 30 to 47 years

National President at Auckland Conference

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 29, 2016

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”.

Today’s Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, August 28, 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Justice of the Peace Association was held this morning at Alexandra Park Convention Centre. Some 200 members attended. 
The President’s and Financial Reports were received

The Treasurer explained the rationale for the budget which had been struck for the ensuing year

The annual subscription for membership will remain unchanged 

There was comment that the Registrar’s office hours should be extended.
The President explained these were constrained  by what the Association can afford

The office of Patron and Vice-Patrons remain unchanged from last year

President Selwyn Haworth was returned, unopposed, to office for the second year

Garry Nicholls was elected , unopposed, Vice-President 

Four vacancies on Council were elected unopposed: Roger Brookes, Kamiesh Naidu, Susan Walker and Wallace Walker, for a 2 year term

Colin Davis remains Immediate Past President

Patrick Samson, in the only vote at the meeting, headed off Wallace Walker as Royal Federation’s Auckland Representative

The 2 remits Auckland Council plans to present at Royal Federation’s Conference were outlined for the information of those at the meeting:
1. Seeks reimbursement to local trainers for costs of light refreshments provided at scheduled training.
2Wants Royal Federation to advise local trainers of questions answered incorrectly and the scores of tests, which will allow education to be focused on these matters. No names would be released.

Moves will be made so that Members can have single access to both Auckland and Royal Federation websites. 

The meeting concluded, followed almost immediately by the Auckland Annual Conference.   

Preparations underway for AGM/Conference

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, August 21, 2016

Details are being finalised for the Association’s combined Annual Meeting and Regional Conference being held next Sunday 28th at Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Epsom. 
Proceedings begin at 9am sharp and will continue after a lunch break so Members who wish to pre-purchase a light luncheon must do so by completing their order and making payment by this Wednesday 24th on the form that has been emailed to the membership.  
Members paying for registration ($10) - with the option of lunch ($15) - are automatically registered for both the AGM and Conference.
As well as the novelty of  combining meetings, the Association will be honouring their own with a presentation of certificates of appreciation to long-serving Justices of the Peace.

President's Report - Highlights

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 15, 2016

In his Annual Report just released, President Selwyn Haworth says it’s been a year of considerable change and positive progress for the Association. The President’s report for 2015/16 includes: 
  • The data-base of membership has been up-dated by a team of volunteers checking details of every known member. 
  • The clean database has clarified the number of members - those financial and those not.
  • The updated list also eased communication with members, including billing subscriptions.
  • As at 30 June 2016  there were  1,338 financial members, 174 whose subscriptions were outstanding, and in addition 5 life members and 6 honorary members.
  • The Association's finances over the 2015/16 year have been carefully managed. There have been budget items underspent and some overspent but the overall result is still a very minor budgeted deficiency. Our Auditor has provided an unconditional review.
  • With so few Justices without access to email, the internet website and email will be the main conduit to members: there will be no more mail-outs by post. 
  • About 70 per cent of Auckland Justices of the Peace work is now done at Service Desks.
  • 61 candidates for the office of Justice of the Peace were interviewed during the year: those chosen undertook induction, etc, training by the Association’s team.
  • More than 300 Justices attended 6 centralised refresher courses: in addition hundreds more received tuition from the Training Team during 44 sessions at Support Group meetings 
  • There are now 28 Support Groups spread across Greater Auckland, with more planned 
  • Indicative statistics for Auckland’s Service Desks show that during the year Justices of the Peace:
Officiated at 6,000 service desk sessions
Saw 90,000 clients 
Attended for a combined total of 13,500 hours 
Completed 350,000 transactions
  • In the year to 30th June 2016, Justices of the Peace provided the following services to the 4 District Courts in Auckland:
Presided in 5,544 Police and Local Authority prosecutions in the Minor Offences Court
Presided in Remand Courts and handled 4,020 arrests (totalling 11,840 charges).
Gave 2,343 hours of unpaid time to the Judicial system in Auckland. 
  • During the year, 32 complaints have been managed by the Complaints Committee. 
  • An end of year dinner for Members and guests is planned for Thursday 17 November at the Quality Hotel Parnell
  •  President Selwyn Haworth concluded with goals for the next year:
To grow our membership 
Continue the work started on reviewing our Support Group and Service Desk network due to a growing preference by the public to use Service Desks and 
Implement our Strategic Plan (which includes promoting “Active and Current” and encouraging accreditation).

(Members can see the full report in the Members Only section of website)

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