The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held its monthly meeting on June 10, 2020.
Following the move to Level 1 Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting was face-to-face, after two months of electronic meetings.
Congratulations were passed on to Garry Nicholls, recently appointed as President of Royal Federation (and still our immediate Past President).
Council members applauded the fast response to reopening of Service Desks, including being appreciative of the screens and sanitizers provided.
Many Justices have now made themselves available again, and most Service Desks are opening with restricted hours at this stage – a good step forward. Several have relocated following Covid closures of some host sites.
Office phone issues remain – we are dependent of MoJ action to deal with this.
Courts have resumed sitting, so Judicial Justices are back to face-to-face activity.
Facebook was a useful communication tool during lockdown, with almost 220 members.
The success of the Accreditation Study Group project was welcomed, bringing the number of accredited Justices to over 40% in Auckland – close to the national average. Plans are being developed to run a similar week-long programme on a regular basis.
98% of members have now paid their 2019-2020 membership fees, making financial management of the Association easier.
Plans are in place to apply for NZ Lottery Grant funding to supplement services for members (such as name badges, stamps, etc as supplied recently)
The 2020-2021 Budget is being finalised, taking into account reduced funding from Royal Federation and altered expectations due to Covid-19.
The timetable for Hub Professional Development sessions has been redrafted. 9 sessions are planned for July and August – dates in the President’s Newsletter, Facebook, and AJPA website.
Delays in induction training and swearing in ceremonies are being worked on to ensure new Justices are prepared and sworn in as soon as practicable.
Considerable work has been put in to update our IT contracts and equipment, and to plan for future work. The Membership ‘data base’ (actually a spreadsheet) has been improved and is proving a more useful tool.
The five year Strategic Plan is in its fourth draft and will be finalized at the next meeting.
Planning for the 20 September 2020 AGM is underway.
Regular tracking of Association assets is being tightened up, so Support Group Coordinators are likely to be asked for updates at intervals.
Three members who received Queen’s Birthday Honours have been acknowledged.