The Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter presented a congratulations certificate to long-serving Justice of the Peace, Desley Pearson, for 25 years of service.
“That is a great record of community service and I commend Desley for her commitment to the community and her sterling performance,” Mr Katter said.
In addition to her normal duties as a JP, Ms Pearson is now the Coordinator of JPs in the Community, a new initiative whereby people can easily access a JP at the weekend.
“We run JPs in the Community on the first and last Saturday of the month at Outback at Isa, from 10am to 2pm, so people can come along and get their documents signed and certified then. We have two JPs on at a time,” Ms Pearson said.
Mount Isa is well served with JPs, Ms Pearson said, having 92 at work in the community. She signed up to be a JP 25 years ago because she wanted to do something good for the community.
She has seen changes in the JP system, to the extent that JPs can now sit on the bench in courts in place of a magistrate in certain circumstances.
Mr Katter said he would like to hear from other long-serving JPs.