Caringbah residents commended for 50 years of service as JPs

Two Caringbah residents were among almost 100 civic-minded people commended for more than 50 years of service as justices of the peace (JPs).

William Gibbs and Barbara Perrie were presented with certificates by Attorney-General and Cronulla MP Mark Speakman at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Mr Gibbs is vice president of the Caringbah RSL Sub-branch.

Mrs Perrie comes from a family of JPs – her husband, Brian, received his recognition for 50 years of service in September last year and two daughters are also JPs.

“Given the average person spends five years or less in a job, it’s a remarkable achievement to provide half a century of service as a JP,” Mr Speakman said.

“Mr Gibbs and Mrs Perrie 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.

In 2012, the state government began presenting commemorative certificates for 50 years of service, and, since then, more than 2000 certificates have been awarded.

To find a JP, visit the online public register: jp.nsw.gov.au