The application process

To apply to become a JP for NSW, you need to complete the following steps.

Step 1. Complete the online application

The online application asks you some specific questions to assess your eligibility to be appointed as a JP. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Step 2. Print your nomination form and attach your supporting documents

When you have completed your online application, you will then be asked to print your individual nomination form.

The nomination form will indicate which documents you need to provide certified copies of with your application.

It also has a statutory declaration that you must complete, in the presence of a JP.

Step 3. Ask a NSW Member of Parliament to nominate you

You need to ask a NSW Member of Parliament (MP) to nominate you for appointment as a JP. If an MP agrees to nominate you, he or she will sign your nomination form, and mail it together with your supporting documents to the Department of Justice. Please do not mail your form to the Department yourself.

You can find a list of NSW MPs and their contact details at the NSW Parliament website. Generally you should ask for the nomination of the MP who represents the electoral district in which you live. You can look up your electoral district at the NSW Elections website.

The Department of Justice will begin processing your application when we receive your nomination form and supporting documents, from the MP who nominated you.


How long does it take?

You should expect to wait a minimum of twelve weeks from the date the NSW MP forwards your application to the Department. This is because assessment of your application requires enquiries about your character, a national criminal records check, and obtaining the approval of the Governor of NSW.