Justice of the Peace in the Community

Justice of the Peace in the Community

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It was my great pleasure to meet Mr John Power in Parliament House today.

Mr Power was recognised as one of the state’s longest serving Justices of the Peace with 50 years of service.

It is a rare achievement to provide an important voluntary service to the community for such a long period of time and Mr Power thoroughly deserves to be honoured.

Most of us will need a JP at some point in our lives and Mr Power has helped hundreds of people at key moments.

Justices of the Peace serve as an independent witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. Their duties include witnessing the signing of statutory declarations or affidavits and certifying copies of original documents.

There are more than 90,000 Justices of the Peace in NSW.

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