Celebrating 40 years as a justice of the peace

AWARD: Mary Boylan with her award for 40 years as a justice of the peace. Picture: Supplied

AWARD: Mary Boylan with her award for 40 years as a justice of the peace. Picture: Supplied

Four decades as a justice of the peace saw Wudinna's Mary Boylan recently recognised with an award.

Mrs Boylan was awarded a 40-year continuous service award from the Royal Association of Justices of South Australia (RAJSA).

First appointed a justice of the peace as a 40-year-old on July 16, 1978, she joined the RAJSA later that month and then attended her first annual general meeting of the West Coast Justices Group at the Minnipa Hotel on October 18, 1978.

Since then she has been helping fellow community members in her role.

Mrs Boylan said she was "tickled pink" to have received the award.

"It is an honour to get an award like this," she said.

"When I started there was only one other at Wudinna and they thought there should be another justice in the area.

"It is not as hands-on as it once was, we don't have a court in Wudinna, and I mainly witness the signing of documents these days."

Mrs Boylan said she was one of four justices currently based in Wudinna, with two more at Minnipa, one at Warramboo and another at Yaninee.

She looked back on her four decades as a fun experience.

"I have had some adventures as a JP, it has been fun and the court work was interesting," she said.

"Des [Whitmarsh] has been a great help to justices in the region and police officers in town helped me a lot over the years."

Despite the changes to the role, Mrs Boylan said she still enjoyed being a justice of the peace and would continue.

"I still enjoy being part of it and being helpful for the community," she said.

"I think they are still important in smaller towns, it comes in handy for paperwork and it is good to meet people in the community and have a yarn."

Secretary of the West Coast Justices Group Sue Rumbelow said Mrs Boylan has been vital for the region.

"Mary has been a stalwart for the local West Coast Justices Group for many years being the liaison officer for the district, encouraging new members and volunteering her knowledge to JP's who live in and around the Wudinna district," she said.

"Mary is a valuable member of the West Coast Justices Group."