JOHN Barber has served his community as a bail justice for over 30 years.
On Wednesday, December 8, he was sworn in for another five years of duty, and he'll keep going until the bail justice retirement age of 70.
"It's a way of helping my community," Mr Barber said.
Mr Barber was a part of Apex Australia and was guided by the principle of altruistic volunteering.
"I've been a bail justice for over half my life," he said.
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Mr Barber explained that a Bail Justice is essentially on call from 4pm to 6am.
"I got a call to Ararat the other week at night," he said.
"I had to stop on the Western and take a 15 power nap."
Mr Barber is on call whenever he can be during the week.
"I just not on call on the weekends when I work," he said.
Bail Justices are needed for remands longer than 48 hours, as police can only put a 48-hour hold on people.
Mr Barber said Bail Justices would deal with cases involving children, people with disabilities, and Indigenous Australians
But he doesn't see this role as an authority.
"I've been called in to make a decision," Mr Barber said.
"It's a risk assessment of a situation. We see the grubby part of the whole thing."
Mr Barber served the Donald Court and community for many years and has been a part of the Horsham community for the past 14 years.
The swearing-in procedure is done with a Magistrate, and the Bail Justices are sworn in via an oath or an affirmation.
Bail Justices must swear to bring equal justice to all persons and work according to the law.
Three Bail Justices were sworn in at Horsham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, along with Mr Barber.
Mr Barber is also a Justice of the Peace. You can find him at Horsham Library every month, signing documents for community members.
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