A special ceremony was held in Tamworth today to honour four Justices of the Peace who have been serving the community since 1967.

John Buckley, Robin Heckendorf, Gavin Shearer, Ken Stuart, each received a commemorative certificate in sincere appreciation of the outstanding dedication to the community upon completing 50 Years of Service. Another JP Don Fergusson was a special guest of honour recently in Parliament house, where he received his certificate.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said that these dedicated volunteers have provided more than 200 years of assistance as JPs, helping people with important applications such as passports, documents for buying a house or accessing superannuation.

“Today’s ceremony was a great opportunity to say thank you to these tireless volunteers who’ve been performing the important legal functions of a JP for the majority of their lives”, Mr Anderson said.

“Justices of the Peace serve as independent witnesses 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 true and accurate.

“More than 2,000 JPs have achieved the 50-year milestone since the NSW Government introduced the commemorative certificates in 2012.

“Our region is part of the Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace Inc. and they are always looking for new members. I encourage anyone interested to contact them for more information,” Mr Anderson said.

People can search for a Justice of the Peace in their area by visiting the online public register of JPs at:  A fact sheet is available in 12 languages on the JP website.

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