Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman congratulated Goulburn for locals for 50 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace on Tuesday.

Mr. Alan Duncombe of Crookwell, Mr. Peter Kay of Goulburn, Mr. Terence Legge and Mr. Anthony Parker of Yass are some of the longest-serving JPs in the state, who have donated countless hours to helping local people,” said Mrs Tuckerman.

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

Mr Parker is among more than 250 NSW JPs celebrating their Golden Jubilee of service in 2018-19 who attended a ceremony at NSW Parliament on Tuesday, 22 October where they were presented with a commemorative certificate.

“During the 50 years Mr Parker has been witnessing documents, he has 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.”

Mrs Tuckerman 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,” Mrs Tuckerman 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 certify copies of original documents. JPs provide their services on a voluntary basis.

For more information on JPs or to find one in your area go to www.jp.nsw.gov.au