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Remits for Next Conference

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Delegates will be asked to consider a number of remits at next year’s Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations to be held in Dunedin. They cover a wide range of Justice of the Peace activities and administration. 

Treaty of Waitangi 
The Board of the Federation has proposed that recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi is included in the Federation’s Constitution, given effect by adding ‘Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Incorporated recognises Te Tiriti O Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, and endeavours to adhere to its principles’. The Board notes “… the constitution is currently silent on both bi-culturalism and multiculturalism, it is appropriate that we initially address our obligation to bi-culturalism, then work towards the recognition of multiculturalism…”.

Machinery Matters
Auckland Association has put in several Remits - one proposes that Federation policies may be amended by Notice of Motion by any member-Association, another that the Communications Grant paid out to Associations is increased, but without affecting capitation fees, and a third seeks an increase in the scope of training activities which qualify for reimbursement. 

Alternative Measure
Auckland is also advocating an “Active and Trained” policy for Justices of the Peace which, it says, provides a non-bureaucratic and measurable way of ensuring Justices are active, available and effective as they serve their communities.

JP Retired 
Bay of Plenty wants the Justice of the Peace Act changed to enable “J.P. Retired” status to be accorded those who have served fewer that 10 years, the minimum qualifying service in present legislation. 

Education
Bay of Plenty, following resolutions at this year’s Rotorua Regional Conference, will move that half-day educational workshops be incorporated into National and Regional Conferences. “Education is increasingly important,” the remit contends, “as we move forward to accreditation, as we educate Justices for new roles, for changes in law and in the training of new Justices”.

Biennial Conferences? 
North Otago Association has a remit proposing that the Federation’s annual national conference is held every two years, with biennial regional conferences in intervening years. The remit says the annual travel, accommodation and fees have become too expensive for smaller associations: every second year would save money for both member-Associations and individuals. 

The conference is in Dunedin 24-28 February 2016.  

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