NOTES FROM COUNCIL MEETING – JULY 2021

The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association met at the Auckland District Court on July 14, 2021. 

  • There was a discussion on potential changes for AJPA rules, to be raised at the Regional Conference and AGM on September 19.
  • Interviews continue to be held regularly for Justice of the Peace nominations to be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.  Interviews are also planned for the challenging Judicial Justice course for 2022.
  • The August online accreditation study course already has 70 Justices registered.  More registrations are welcomed before the cut-off date of 29 July. see https://jpauckland.org.nz/accreditation/
  • A list of recommended ‘first use’ stamps is now on the website, along with ways of purchasing them.  Some stamps can be recycled by getting only the rubber face replaced.
  • Following requests, and then investigation, Service Desks have been approved for a three month trial at both North Shore and Auckland Hospitals. A central city desk will relocate to the Auckland City Library shortly. Details on the AJPA website.
  • An audit of AJPA assets held at Service Desks is being undertaken, to confirm what is actually kept at Service Desks (perspex screens, stamps, banners, footpath signs, etc).
  • Further discussion was held, supporting the move to ensure AJPA Service Desks are only staffed by Justices who are accredited.
  • The budget for the coming financial year has been approved.  Audit for the past year will be completed by 1 August 2021.
  • Professional Development/Training planning and organisation is being reviewed and documented, in order to ensure best practice management in future.
  • The AJPA website continues to be improved and updated, with the Sunday emails being well received.
  • The role of a Webmaster is now becoming bigger, and a role outline has been developed.  Applications from those competent and interested to undertake this role will be requested later in the year,
  • The committee planning next year’s Centenary Celebrations is making progress, with some events now fixed on the calendar and being planned in more detail.  Information will be shared from September this year.
  • Royal Federation is seeking input into the current structure (a federal model) and its positives/negatives. A random selection of members will be surveyed, and input is welcomed.
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