TAMWORTH JPS HONOURED FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
Two Tamworth residents were part of a ceremony acknowledging 50 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace in Parliament House.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said catching up with Max Ellicott and Mal MacPherson was a pleasure and he thanked the two men for their service to the community.
“I want to congratulate Mal and Max and all of the other JPS in the region for the countless hours they have contributed to helping local people.
“Just about everyone needs a JP at some point in their life - such as when they buy a house or access their superannuation – and JPs like Max and Mal have always been happy to lend a hand.
“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.
“The NSW online register of Justices of the Peace has been upgraded to make finding a local JP faster and more convenient than ever,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Mr Ellicott said when he first became a JP, he had to stand in front of a local magistrate and was subjected to “some pretty tough questions”.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a JP, it’s great to be able to assist people to witness and sign their documents. It’s never been a burden,” he said.
Mr MacPherson said his time as a JP had always been interesting since being sworn in during the late 1960s.
“In those days I was always witnessing documents for the police and for the courts. There were not that many JPs around then.
“It was great to be at Parliament House and to see the other JPs who were being recognised for their service. I also want to thank Kevin Anderson for making time to catch up with us,” Mr MacPherson said.
For more information on JPs or to find one in your area go to www.jp.nsw.gov.au