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 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 then 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, he or she will sign your printed nomination form, and mail it together with certified copies of your supporting documents to the Department of Justice.
Applicants seeking MP nomination must print their application form and take it, with all original supporting documents, to the MP's office: emailed application forms and copied supporting documents (not originals) sent to an MP's office cannot be considered for nomination as originals of each are required by the nominating MP.
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.
Your application will be processed when we receive your printed nomination form and certified copies of supporting documents, from the MP who nominated you. Please do not mail or email your form to the Department yourself.
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.