By Ric Carlyon – That was the question discussed at the meeting of Auckland Justices of the Peace called to form a local Association. Just who would be entitled to join the new entity had cropped up when the meeting was considering a Constitution and perusing documents from Christchurch and Wellington Justices Associations. They showed members there were balloted, voted to membership. “It’s a way of keeping out those appointed Justices by the Minister but whom the locals in those two Associations don’t think are worthy” was the reason given.
Auckland’s founding Justices decided all those holding the commission as Justice of the Peace should be eligible and this was written into the Constitution.