Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has presented one of the state’s longest serving Justice of the Peace (JP), Donald Ferguson, with a certificate recognising 50 years of service in a ceremony at NSW Parliament this week.


Mr Ferguson was one of five local recipients including Robin Heckendorf, Gavin Shearer, Ken Stuart and David Waghorn.


“It is a remarkable achievement to provide half a century of service as a JP and one that deserves to be honoured,” Mr Anderson said.


“As JP’s of 50 years, these five people 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 nearly 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 Anderson 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.


NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said, “The commemorative certificate is a small way of saying thank you to JP’s for their outstanding contribution to the community.”


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

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