GUEST: Justice of the Peace Barbara Camporeale was a recent guest speaker at the Cleve Probus Club.AT the January meeting of the Cleve Probus Club Barbara Camporeale spoke of her work as a Justice of the Peace.
She lives in Port Pirie and has been a Justice of the Peace for 35 years, had been president of the Northern Areas Justice Group for the last 10 years and a sheriff’s officer for 20 years.
Her busy life also includes cake decorating and she is a member of Rotary where she is involved in kids camp.
Ms Camporeale gave an interesting account of the beginnings of Justice of the Peace including how they had their beginnings as far back as the 16th century in England.
She told of the rigorous process of elimination that was involved in becoming a Justice of the Peace.
When she first applied, if you had a tattoo anywhere on the body you would not be considered as a suitable candidate.
However much has changed and this is no longer on the criteria.
She also told the group of the many facets of her work in the Port Pirie area.
Adoptions, abuse of women, issuing summonses and arrests were all part of her daily schedule.
Sadly she had 10 house repossessions in 10 days and stated that in her jurisdiction if a child had reached the age of 12 years without being in court their parents had done well.
At the end of question time vice president Allan Edwards moved a vote of thanks and presented Ms Camporeale with a Probus gift.
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