Two Maitland Justices of the Peace who have each given 50 years of service to the community were honoured this week at NSW Parliament House.
Ted Thornburrow, of Bolwarra Heights, and Trevor Crouch, of Rutherford, were greeted by Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison and presented with commemorative certificates by Attorney General Mark Speakman.
"Justices of the Peace provide important services," Ms Aitchison said. "They perform their services as honest, trusted and careful volunteers under oath. They are often there at the most significant times of our lives."
Mr Crouch said that community spirit led him to first become a JP and in his 50 years of service he'd met people from all walks of life.
"Passports, people buying houses, divorces - it's been very interesting," Mr Crouch said.
Mr Thornburrow first became a Justice of the Peace to meet his employer's requirements.
"I scored a job at the Royal North Shore Hospital," he recalled. "The heads of department all had to be JPs so everybody had access to one.
"I've made quite a few friends through it," he said.