Push for more JPs 'progressing well'
A Southland recruitment drive to encourage more people to become justices of the peace is continuing and making good progress, the Southland Justices of the Peace Association says.
Gavin Evans, registrar for the Southland association council, said the council was working through the active recruitment process, which had been worthwhile.
The association wanted to extend its voluntary service in Invercargill and rural Southland to include minority communities and more Maori representation.
Mr Evans said three JPs were sworn in during the past few months in the Riverton and Otautau areas.
The council was also going through the selection process for three JPs in Tuatapere, and Winton would be next for selection, he said.
There had been nine nominations from the Te Anau and Manapouri areas.
Nominations for Invercargill were also being put forward.
He said those who wanted to become a JP had to meet strict criteria that would mean proving they were community-minded, with two letters of support and being between the age of 40 and 60 years.
The Southland Times