Bathurst MP Paul Toole has congratulated three Bathurst residents for 50 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace.
Rex Morgan, Allan Levings and Lachlan Mitchell are some of the longest-serving JPs in the state, having donated countless hours to helping local people.
Mr Toole said that just about everyone needs a JP at some point in their life - such as when they buy a house or access their superannuation.
Mr Morgan, Mr Levings and Mr Mitchell are among more than 250 NSW JPs who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee of service.
Many of the JPs attended a recent ceremony at NSW Parliament where they were presented with a commemorative certificate.
“During their 50 years of service, these three men have been witnessing documents and have also witnessed profound social changes and advances in technology,” Mr Toole said.
“The way people find a JP is among the many things that has evolved, with people now more likely to search online than rely on word of mouth.”
Mr Toole said the NSW online register of Justices of the Peace has been upgraded to make finding a local JP faster and more convenient than ever.
“The revamped system enables JPs to specify the dates and times they are available and what languages they speak,” he said.
JPs act as independent witnesses to documents people need for a variety of purposes. Their main functions are to witness affidavits and statutory declarations, and they may also certify copies of original documents. JPs provide their services on a voluntary basis.
For more information on JPs or to find one in your area go to www.jp.nsw.gov.au