- Sunday, 10 September 2023 at 11:04 pm
Despite his busy schedule, Baris Duzova is enjoying his juggling act, performing his duties as a justice of the peace (JP) in Melbourne’s north.
The 21-year-old has a busy, but fulfilling schedule, both working in the public sector and volunteering as a JP after recently graduating from Melbourne University with a major in politics and international studies.
It was his desire to give back to the community which motivated him to become a JP in the first place. His experience has now taught him the value of having a JP in his community who can assist someone in need.
“I speak Turkish fluently, this greatly influenced my decision to become a JP as I saw there was a need for more JPs within both my local community and the Turkish-Australian community,” Mr Duzova said.
“After becoming a JP, I have been contacted by many people from my community needing a JP that speaks their language and can easily communicate with them, making the process much easier for everyone involved.
At 21, Mr Duzova feels proud of being a JP and recommends all his peers consider becoming one. He adds that one of the best aspects is the flexibility.
“Being a younger JP did make me nervous at the start of the process, but I now see the advantage in that I have a pool of more experienced fellow JPs that I can look to for assistance or guidance when needed,” he added.
“Becoming a JP might not be something that would cross a lot of people’s minds but even though I have been in this role for only a few months I would recommend that they consider it as an option.
“It is such a rewarding role and is a role that can be tailored to be fit everyone’s lifestyle.”