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JPs honoured for 50 years of service

Matt Kean MP celebrates Hornsby JPs

Member for Hornsby Matt Kean MP today congratulated Hornsby JPs Tony Bray, Patricia Newth, Margaret Lewis and Ray Galbraith for 50 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace.

“Tony, Patricia, Margaret and Ray are some of the longest-serving JPs in the state, and have donated countless hours to helping local people,” Mr Kean said.

“Just about everyone needs a JP at some point in their life - such as when they buy a house or access their superannuation – and I know these three have always been happy to lend a hand.”

Tony, Patricia, Margaret and Ray are among more than 250 NSW JPs who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee of service in 2018-19.

“During the 50 years of witnessing documents, they have also witnessed profound social changes and advances in technology.

“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.”

Mr Kean said the NSW online register of Justices of the Peace has been upgraded to make finding a local JP faster and more convenient than ever.

“The revamped system enables JPs to specify the dates and times they are available and what languages they speak,” Mr Kean said.

JPs act as independent witnesses to documents people need for a variety of purposes. Their main functions are to witness affidavits and statutory declarations, and they may also certify copies of original documents. JPs provide their services on a voluntary basis.

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