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