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New JPs sworn in

New JPs sworn in
Two new justices of the peace were sworn in on Monday. From left: Maree Smith, Judge Campbell Savage, and Martine Tait.

Mid Canterbury has two new justices of the peace.

Martine Tait and Maree Smith were sworn in by Judge Campbell Savage in the Ashburton District Court on Monday.

Justices of the peace (JPs) help the community by witnesses signatures on documents, certifying copies of documents and affidavits.

JPs with specific training can also help with certain court functions including imposing some fines, hearing bail applications and requests for remand or adjournment, and issuing search warrants and some arrest warrants.

Smith has lived in Rakaia for 37 years and is on the committee of the Rakaia Beautification Community Association.
She also volunteers for the Rakaia River Walkway and the annual salmon fishing competition.

She managers the Ruralco store in Rakaia enjoys meeting local customers.

"I feel this is why I will enjoy taking on this new role in my life as I enjoy helping people and understanding their needs," she said.

Tait lives and works with her husband on a family dairy farm in Lowcliffe.
She enjoys meeting new people and connecting with the community and helps out with the Lowcliffe-Coldstream Hall and volunteers at the Ashburton Art Gallery.

Tait said it was important to include of all members of the community.

- By Sharon Davis