The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held its monthly meeting on May 12, 2021.
- Plans are being made for the 2021 AGM on September 19th, and a review of AJPA’s Rules (available on the website) is being undertaken.
- The meeting of Support Group Coordinators and Rosterers held in April was in a different format this year. Feedback indicates that the change was appreciated, and the session was valuable.
- Council members are undertaking visits to all local Auckland MPs, to confirm contacts and offer assistance in bringing in appropriate and diverse candidates for JP nomination.
- 119 candidates for accreditation joined the study group in early May, and are now undertaking the accreditation test. The next study group will be in August.
- A number of JPs have not collected their 2020 Manual yet – an essential tool to staying current. Support Group Coordinators have copies for their members.
- Council has agreed to co-opt specialist skills to Council membership prior to elections at the AGM, to fill two vacancies until then.
- Hub professional development sessions are nearly through their disrupted 2021 schedule, with good attendances and engagement. Thanks to the trainers involved.
- Eleven new Justices were welcomed (sworn in) in April, and three more swearing-in ceremonies are planned in July/August to help reduce the Covid-related backlog.
- Intense efforts are being made to contact the JPs who have not yet paid membership fees for 2020-21. Those with unpaid membership fees on 30 June 2021 will have AJPA membership withdrawn.
- Additional information is regularly being added to the website to keep it both informative and current.
- Council confirmed that the use of the AJPA logo is restricted under our rules: Only one company is authorised to produce cards using copyrighted graphics. A link is on the website.
- There were no issues of Conduct or Ethics reported this month – well done to all JPs who cope calmly and politely with challenging situations!