Welcome. The Franklin & Districts Justices of the Peace Association is affiliated to the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices’ Associations Inc, and is one of 29 associations throughout New Zealand. This site offers information to both Justices of the Peace and to other interested people and organizations.
Justices of the Peace are involved in an ever increasing multitude of matters and with documentation important in the administration of New Zealand. This involves both Ministerial and Judicial duties.
Ministerial duties include:
- Witnessing documents
- Certifying copies
- Taking declarations, affidavits and affirmations
Judicial duties include:
- Hearing summary offences
- Presiding over preliminary hearings
- Conducting traffic courts
- Hearing bail applications and requests for remands and adjournments
There are additional duties under each of these categories – the above are examples only. A number of Justices of the Peace also act as Visiting Justices to Corrections facilities.
Along with the jury system, judicial Justices represent the determinative participation of ordinary people in the administration of justice in New Zealand. Judicial Justices, who make up about 4 percent of the total number of JPs in New Zealand and who are practising bench-sitting Justices are required to attend bi-monthly training update sessions throughout each year.
Appointment as a Justice of the Peace entails more than the receiving of an honorific. The services of a JP in New Zealand are provided as a free service to the public and without remuneration. Your local JP is happy to be of service. The courtesy of making an appointment at a convenient time is always appreciated.