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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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