Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott and NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman today acknowledged some of the state’s longest serving Justices of the Peace (JP), with certificates recognising 50 years of service.
“It is a remarkable achievement to provide half a century of service as a JP, and one that deserves to be honoured,” Mr Elliott said.
“As JPs of 50 years, these men have played an important part in the legal system and in our community by helping hundreds of people at key moments in their lives, such as when they buy a house, access superannuation or go to court.”
JPs serve as an independent witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. The primary functions of a JP are to witness a person making a statutory declaration or affidavit, and to certify that a copy of an original document is a true and accurate copy.
“There are approximately 95,000 JPs in NSW, together volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours to their communities and aiding the efficient functioning of our legal system,” Mr Elliott said.
The NSW Government introduced commemorative certificates for 50 years of service as a JP in 2012. Since then, more than 2000 certificates have been awarded.
The full list of Justices of the Peace acknowledge by Mr Elliott is:
- Brian Banfield;
- Barrie Browning;
- Charles MacLean;
- Terence O’Mara; and,
- Kenneth Ryan.
People can search for a JP 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.