Norma Farrant, a long-time resident of Lithgow has been recognised for 65 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace.
Justices of the Peace (JPs) are volunteers appointed by the Governor of New South Wales. The primary role of a JP is to witness a person making a statutory declaration or affidavit, and to certify copies of original documents. JPs come from all sections of the community and are available across NSW.
Norma volunteered for over sixty-five years in the role as JP. Following in her father’s footsteps Norma chose to become a JP as a way of giving back to her community. She was sworn in as a JP at age 21 in the Lithgow Courthouse, one of the youngest ever at the time. She has served her community well by witnessing and certifying countless documents for others.
Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited Norma to congratulate her.
“This is a very rare occasion, only a few individuals in the state have reached this milestone,” Mr Toole said.
“JPs play an important part in our community. It’s a service everyone will come to need at some point in their life. To commit over six decades of your life to volunteering for the good of the community deserves the recognition Norma is receiving."
“Thank you, Norma, for your dedication and commitment to the community of Lithgow.”
The NSW Justice Department granted Ms Farrant the lifelong title JP (Retired) in recognition of her service.