JPs urge com­mu­nity to use their ser­vices

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - MAR­LENE SINGH

There are con­cerns about the lack of use of Jus­tice of the Peace (JP) ser­vices in the south Auck­land com­mu­nity.

Franklin and Dis­tricts Jus­tice of Peace As­so­ci­a­tion is one of 29 re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions that be­long to the NZ Fed­er­a­tion of Jus­tice which rep­re­sents more than 7000 JPs.

At a re­cent meet­ing at the Ci­ti­zens Ad­vice Bureau in Pa­pakura, vice-pres­i­dent of Franklin and Dis­tricts Jus­tices of Peace As­so­ci­a­tion Jane Han­cock dis­cussed ways to raise aware­ness around the ser­vices.

‘‘Many JPs now of­fer their ser­vice at lo­cal ser­vice desks where no ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary,’’ Han­cock said.

‘‘JPs pro­vide their ser­vices free of charge.’’

The Franklin as­so­ci­a­tion cov­ers an area from Waikaretu in the south up to Ma­nurewa in the north, with 176 ac­tive mem­bers and 22 re­tired mem­bers.

Ser­vice desks are lo­cated in Waiuku, Pukekohe, Pa­pakura and Cleve­don. To visit a JP, see www.jpfed.org.nz for up to date lists and ad­dresses.

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