Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott this week recognised three of the state’s longest serving Justices of the Peace with a commendation for 50 years of service.
Max Kingham of Baulkham Hills, William Crandell of Baulkham Hills, and James Hart of Castle Hill were presented with their commendations by the Attorney General, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP at a celebratory event at New South Wales Parliament House.
“It is a rare achievement to provide an important voluntary service to the community for such a long period of time and Max, William and James thoroughly deserve to be honoured,” Mr Elliott said.
“Most of us will need a JP at some point in our lives, and Max, William and James have helped hundreds of people at key moments, such as buying a house, accessing superannuation or going to court.”
Justices of the Peace serve as an independent witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. Their duties include witnessing the signing of statutory declarations or affidavits and certifying copies of original documents.
“JPs are essential to many aspects of community life, including the efficient functioning of our legal system and these unsung heroes deserve recognition and our heartfelt thanks for their service,” Ms Upton said.
The NSW Government introduced commemorative certificates for 50 years of service as a JP in 2012. Since then, approximately 2000 certificates have been awarded. More than 500 certificates will be issued in 2016.
There are more than 90,000 Justices of the Peace in NSW.
People can search for a Justice of the Peace in their area by visiting the online public register of JPs at: www.jp.nsw.gov.au. A JP fact sheet is available in 12 languages on the website.