A 23-year-old Kiwi Indian man has been appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) by New Zealand Ministry of Justice at a ceremony held in Christchurch.
Jagmeet Singh Warraich humbly accepted the certificate of JP at Christchurch Law Court after the swearing-in ceremony along with eight other appointees. He was approved to become a JP in October 2019.
Jagmeet is 23 year and four months old, making him one of the youngest individuals to have been appointed as JPs in New Zealand.
Jagmeet came to New Zealand at the age of 18 five years ago as an international student from a small village Kumar Majra located on the border of Haryana and Punjab.
Jagmeet comes from a family who has played an active part in local politics and community work in India for decades.
“My grandparents and uncles have been served as a Sarpanch (village head) of our village for a long time and another uncle who just retired as an Inspector for Haryana Police. My father Hoshiar Singh, who is serving as a Numbardar of our village, which is like JP positions in New Zealand, Jagmeet told The Indian Weekender.
Jagmeet can speak three different languages, namely Hindi, English and Punjabi, through which he can help the local community.
Jagmeet is currently living with his brother Narinder Singh Warraich who is also an active community leader and involves Jagmeet in community work.
“I am humbled to have been appointed as a JP, and I swore in today to perform my duties as a JP with utmost honesty. I am based in Wigram Skies, Christchurch, and I am ready to give free services for free to the local community here.
According to Ministry of Justice, there are nine individuals between the age of 22 and 30 who are JPs in the country- that makes Jagmeet addition as the tenth member in that small group of youngest JPs in the country.