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‘Jps’ Licences Revoked, Not Renewed For Obtaining Money For Service’

“Your action reflects on the whole legal system and as such you are required to act professionally, diligently, and with care.”
24 Nov 2021 15:54
‘Jps’ Licences Revoked, Not Renewed For Obtaining Money For Service’

The licences of some Justices of Peace were revoked after it was found that they were charging fees for their services.

The statement was made by Chief Justice Kamal Kumar during the swearing-in ceremony of Justices of Peace at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Chief Justice Kumar said it had been brought to the attention of their office that in certain instances members of the public were also turned away for no good reason by the Justice of Peace officers.

“You being selected as JPs indicate that you have been considered to be a person with integrity and dignity who commands respect in the community,” Chief Justice Kumar said.

“You may not be rewarded here but you will be rewarded where it matters the most.

“Please make yourself accessible to members of the community when they require your services.

“Your action reflects on the whole legal system and as such you are required to act professionally, diligently, and with care.”

Chief Justice Kumar said it was great to see that a lot of young people were coming forward to take up the role of Justice of Peace and serve the community.

He added that in the olden days, it was only people who had retired from work careers who took up the roles.

“You as JPs have a vital role in the community and the legal system and you should not take it lightly,” Chief Justice Kumar said.

“You will be asked to witness declarations which will be used to obtain certain legal documents and people will rely on your declarations.

“You will certify the documents as true copies.

“It is very encouraging to note your commitment and for providing voluntary service to members of the community.”

There were 19 Justices of Peace sworn-in in Suva yeseterday.

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