NSW Attorney General Mr Mark Speakman SC MP, invited Mr Barry Lewis Chain of West Pennant Hills to a ceremony in NSW Parliament House celebrating and thanking him for 50 years of continuing service as a Justice of the Peace to the people of NSW.
Mr Chain, also a member of the Dural Rotary Club, was surprised that he had notched up service as a JP for 50 years, commenting that it has been a privilege to assist all types of people in need of a Justice of the Peace.
The primary functions of a NSW JP are to:
• witness a person making a statutory declaration
• witness a person making an affidavit
• certify that a copy of an original document is a true and accurate copy.
To be eligible for appointment as a JP you need to be at least 18, be nominated by a member of the Legislative Assembly/Council, be an Australian citizen, be of good character, not be an undischarged bankrupt and consent to confidential enquiries about your suitabililty.
For more information on becoming a JP, go to http://www.jp.nsw.gov.au/justices-of-the-peace/ becoming-a-jp/are-you-eligible