Wednesday, 5 November 2014

My JP Spring comes to an end

As a courtesy I informed the JP branch of this blog and the philosophy behind it to see if they had any objections. Immediately I was contacted by a polite but firm senior community engagement officer conveying a message from the director applying the guillotine to this site. Apparently the JP branch is of the view that JPs conversing publicly in this forum is 'likely to cause confusion'. Accordingly this is my last post on this blog.

It seems the JP branch will be investigating the use of social media and may establish a managed blog in the future. A quick search of what is already available yielded:

  • @JusticeQLD This Twitter account for JAG seems as though it might be a useful vehicle for JP announcements. I had to track back to April in the tweet stream to find any mention of JPs, although it is good to see some of the 50 and 60 years of service as a JP being included here. 
  • QJA Facebook page. A very active update stream from the QJA appears on Facebook and is a good exemplar of what would be possible for all Qld JPs.
  • JusticeQLD on Google Plus. I was very pleased to see JAG even have an embryonic presence on Google Plus, my favourite social network. The associated JusticeQLD YouTube channel already contains a somewhat odd collection of videos. I wonder who and what the first JP video will feature?
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to post a small practical question like 'Do the QPS expect to see a seal on a traffic infringement stat dec or is a JP number sufficient?' and have it answered authoritatively within a day or two on a site for all JPs in Qld to see?

While I bow to the higher authority of the JP branch I will continue to produce my own aides memoir to improve my productivity and lessen my own confusion. Being a technologist I will store them privately in the cloud. Should any JPs wish to have copies they can contact me directly at michael@mrees.com.

It has been suggested I send my ideas through jpsinthecommunity@justice.qld.gov.au and I will certainly do so, and invite other JPs to do the same. Over to you JP branch.