A new three-year contract was signed between the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices’ Association, representing 6,500 justices of the peace (JPs) throughout New Zealand.
“The three-year $1.347 million contract brings a funding increase of more than 10% and will enable the federation to expand and enhance education and training services for JPs, including updating its website,” said Associate Justice Minister Aupito William Sio. “This contract is an acknowledgement that our government values the significant public service role that JPs provide in a range of different areas. By witnessing and certifying documents and taking statutory declarations on a voluntary basis, they provide easy access to invaluable legal services free of charge at the community level, often from community clinics run at libraries, courthouses and other public places.
“Judicial JPs also preside over cases involving low-level criminal offending in the District Court and provide significant assistance by attending and presiding over Saturday morning arrest courts,” he added. “I look forward to continue working with the federation and meeting with many of the JPs who generously give up their time to provide essential voluntary services across New Zealand.”
Rachael O’Grady, president of the Royal Federation, signed the contract with the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday.