Pu­taruru library new venue for Jus­tice of the Peace

South Waikato News - - Your Health - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.’’

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