Putaruru library new venue for Justice of the Peace
People needing the services of a Justice of the Peace in Putaruru can now access them without hassle.
The free service started at the Putaruru Library on Friday June 10 and runs from 10am to midday.
Former Heslop Pharmacy owner, Richard Heslop, said he has more time to dedicate to his role now that he has retired.
He will be joined by a team of eight local JP’S who will provide the weekly service every Friday.
‘‘Most local JP’S are out in the rural areas.
‘‘In most small towns most people want to go to JP’S in a business instead of going to their homes.’’
With only two JP’S working from the CBD Heslop said the additional service will help spread the workload.
Another JP will be available every Wednesday at the Arts and Crafts shop from 10am to midday.
‘‘There’s quite a number of new people in town who don’t know who is a JP so something like this is good.’’
Heslop said the clinics have been successful in the cities and small towns and now Putaruru was following the trend.
Services include statutory declarations, dissolution of marriage, citizenship applications, property transactions, identification verification to name a few.
Appointments are not required but people are asked to be aware there may be a wait if busy.
Heslop has volunteered his time serving the community when he was nominated 16-years ago.
‘‘I’ve been talking about it for sometime and nothings been done. I guess me retiring has brought it to a head.’’