When a Justice decides to retire or resign, there are a number of factors that may have contributed to this decision, eg ill health of self or spouse, unwillingness to serve on a service desk or see clients at home, unable to meet the professional development requirements, or feeling challenged by any recent changes, eg dealing with electronic documentation.

  • If a Justice has served for a minimum of ten years, then he/she may apply for JP Retired and, once granted, can write JP Rtd after one’s name.  The form for retirement can be downloaded by clicking this LINK.
  • If a Justice has served less than ten years, the Justice may resign his/her role.  The form for resignation can be downloaded by clicking this LINK.

Once notification has been gazetted in the NZ Gazette, the Justice must cease performing the duties of a Justice.

All requests for retirement or resignations will only be considered in line with the legislated requirement that the request be made in writing and appropriately addressed to the Secretary of Justice.  The Ministry of Justice requires that all requests be signed by the Justice.  For clarity, the request cannot be signed on behalf of the Justice by another person.  If the Justice cannot sign the letter for any reason (dementia, etc), the request will not be considered, and the person will maintain their position as a Justice.

It needs to be emphasised that a request signed by an attorney, whether supported by a Power of Attorney or not, does not meet the threshold required, and therefore the retirement or resignation request will not be processed.

When the letter has been completed and signed by the Justice, it is requested that the signed letter be passed via the AJPA Registrar to ensure that administrative action is completed by the AJPA Association.  The letter will then be forwarded to the Secretary of Justice.