A new Justice of the Peace service desk will be available at the Dargaville Library from July to provide an accredited service to the community.
The service desk was previously operated out of the Dargaville Courthouse but due to a low turnout the location has been changed to the library and will be open on the first and third Thursday of each month from 11am-1pm.
A JP can help with witnessing documents such as land transfer documents, certifying copies and taking declarations, affidavits and affirmations. Justice of the Peace Northland registrar Sue Farrant said JPs have been operating in New Zealand for 200 years well before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
“It will be hugely beneficial to the people of Dargaville and I’m hoping it takes off and that people will recognise the need for it.”
Library manager Lisa Salter said “we’ve been trying to organise this service for a while because JPs are often at the other Kaipara libraries — we are very keen to promote the JP service.”
A banner will also be outside the library to make the public aware the service desk is in action.