JPs meet to form local body

GYMPIE Justices of the Peace are invited to meet today to form a local branch of the Queensland Justices Association.

The meeting at the main lecture room at the Gympie State High School Library starts at 1.30pm and includes training presentations from key QJA members.

President Ray Burrows will attend from Redland Bay, as well as head trainer Doug Hull, from Hervey Bay.

QJA board director Dave Read this week described the QJA as a substantial networking and support mechanism for JPs and Commissioners for Declarations.

According to Mr Read, less than 10 per cent of the JPs in Queensland were members of the QJA.

He said membership of the QJA acted as an accreditation system for JPs, so that anyone requiring their services could be assured that a member JP was “up to speed with the latest in legislative and documentation requirements”.

Membership of the QJA was voluntary but entitled JPs to ongoing training in the complex nature of their work.

Mr Read said JPs risked a jail sentence or being sued if they mishandled their role. Inquiries to Dave Read on 0405 252 135.

Gympie Times

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