Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A checklist for search warrants

JPs on the Gold Coast are given a useful set of aides memoire laminated flip cards. For compact snippets of information like the wording of oaths, list of document types and the sequence of steps in a short process these flip cards are invaluable.

Where the process is more complicated and needs to be spread over many cards I find the flip cards less convenient. I like to have an overview of the process on a single sheet in front of me. So I have started producing checklists on single sheets and my first is for search warrants. I used the JP branch 'red' book and the QJA 'yellow' book as guides as well as talking with fellow JPs. Note that these checklists are my personal summaries and carry no formal status.

In practice for my own use I print the A4 page reduced to A5 and laminate that to have in front of me while talking with the police officer or other official. I have created a new page to hold documents like this called Aides-memoire and Checklists.

Updated 5 November 2014 as a result of a communication from the JP branch the link to this document has been withdrawn.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

JP Mobile App

I recently discovered the mobile app for JPs in Queensland and it is another gem from the JP branch. The JP web app provides us with the main services from JPD at our fingertips right there on our mobile phone browser of whatever make and model.

On your mobile phone run your browser often called Internet or Web and enter the web app address:
Make sure you set a bookmark/favorite to find it again easily. Incidentally the JP App links works equally well on tablets, laptops and desktops. I have added this link to the Useful Links list on the right.

As a technologist I have to praise the JP branch for creating a web app that works on all devices rather than the shortsighted route of creating native apps for Android, Apple, Windows Phone and so on, each of which has to be downloaded and updated separately. With a web app you always see the latest version and the app developers only need to work on one version.

Some other screens in the app to whet your appetite:

Well done JP branch.