Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has acknowledged 50 years of dedicated community service by local Justice of the Peace (JP) Margaret Welch in a presentation at The Lakes Retirement Village.
In making the presentation, Mr Pitt said it was impossible to put a value on the contribution Mrs Welch has made to community development and the well-being of fellow citizens over the past 50 years.
“JPs and Commissioners for Declarations provide a vital role in the community,” Mr Pitt said.
“Many of these volunteers are part of the Queensland Government’s ‘JPs in the Community’ program which was established in early 2003 and has grown throughout Queensland.
“The program now boasts 199 sites with over 2,900 volunteers who contribute more than 99,000 volunteer hours each year.
“Justices of the Peace provide a great service to the community, and the important work they do enables lawyers and the courts to concentrate on cases which require professional legal training.
“This is a significant contribution which assists in the delivery of a fair, efficient and accessible justice system for Queensland.”
Justices of the Peace handle up to 2,000 matters throughout Queensland each day.
Anyone interested in becoming a JP can find information at www.justice.qld.gov.au or call the JP Branch on 1300 301 147.