In August, eighty-six Justices of the Peace from the Franklin and Districts Justices of the Peace Association, gathered for their annual luncheon.
Barry Watkin, a retired paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust, was the guest speaker for the event, providing a very interesting first-hand account of the work carried out by the Trust.
A total of $930 was contributed by Association members. These proceeds have been handed over to the Trust which relies heavily on public donations to keep their operation adequately resourced.
Justices of the Peace Kevin Ralph, Brian Mathieson, Laurie Leaver, and Lynette Blackbourn received Certificates from the Ministry of Justice in acknowledgement for their thirty years of active service as Justices of the Peace.
Julie Williams and Geoff Axtens were both presented with their retirement badges and certificates in acknowledgement for their multi- decade contribution as Justices of the Peace in the Franklin area.
Jacqui Church was presented with her Judicial Studies Certificate after the successful completion of the required training programme. This will allow Jacqui to sit in the District Court as a Judicial Justice of the Peace adjudicating on minor matters.
The Franklin Justices of the Peace Association run regular clinics in the Franklin District, and the association is planning to open a further clinic in Pokeno in October 2017.