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”.