Armidale branch of NSW Justices Association’s Peter Hutchinson awarded John Brough Memorial Fellowship

Recognition: From left, Murray Giles, Jenny Post, Pam Barner, Peter Hutchinson, Michael Holmes, Mike Saunders and Peter Bannon.

Recognition: From left, Murray Giles, Jenny Post, Pam Barner, Peter Hutchinson, Michael Holmes, Mike Saunders and Peter Bannon.

They’re the hardworking familiar faces in the courthouse, but now their work behind the scenes has been recognised state-wide.

Top honour: Magistrate Michael Holmes presents Peter Hutchinson with the John Brough Fellowship Award at a ceremony in the Armidale Courthouse.

Top honour: Magistrate Michael Holmes presents Peter Hutchinson with the John Brough Fellowship Award at a ceremony in the Armidale Courthouse.

The Armidale branch of the NSW Justices Association’s Peter Hutchinson was awarded the John Brough Memorial Fellowship at a ceremony in Armidale with local court Magistrate Michael Holmes.

The NSW Justices Association fellowship is one of the state’s highest honours for justice of the peace members. 

“We’re all volunteers, we have a roster so we’re very busy,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“It’s a good service and it’s a team effort.”

Magistrate Michael Holmes presented the award and said it was fitting recognition for the tireless work the volunteers do in the court.

“The court would not be able to function effectively without the work of justices of the peace,” he said.

Mr Hutchinson said it was recognition for a team effort, not just one individual.

“We’re just a group that likes to give back to the community,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“We were all justice of the peaces before and as soon as you retire, you don’t give up.”

“We’re all volunteers, we have a roster so we’re very busy,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“It’s a good service and it’s a team effort.”

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