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JPs should regularly check this page for updates related to their role and responsibilities as a JP and contact the department directly by email at if they have a question about their functions and duties.

JP News — November 2018

Check out our latest edition of JP News. The November edition contains important information for JPs and appointments.

To find out more click on the newsletter below:

Seeking JP services

Cumberland council is looking for people who would like to volunteer as a Justice of the Peace (JP). 

Find out how you can become a Justice of the Peace.

JP Factsheet - Witnessing overseas and interstate documents 

The Department of Justice regularly receives inquiries as to whether NSW JPs can witness documents from interstate and overseas.  Under NSW legislation JPs are not authorised to witness such documents.

Read the Witnessing overseas and interstate factsheet [PDF, 220kb] for more information and guidance.

NEW! Volunteer JPs wanted for JP services across Inner West Council Libraries

The Inner West Library Service is seeking volunteer JPs to service members of the public at Marrickville, Balmain and Leichardt libraries. 

Locations and Times:

  • Marrickville Library: Regular volunteer to attend Marrickville library (for minimum of one hour) on Saturdays (Library opening hours are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Leichardt Library: Regular volunteer to attend Leichardt library on a weekday between 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (preferably on Tuesdays, but other weekdays are also possible) and on Saturdays (preferably between 10:00 am to 11:00 am, but other times between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm are possible)
  • Balmain Library: Regular volunteer to attend Balmain library on Saturdays at any time between 10: 00 am to 4:00 pm

Please send your expressions of interest along with your contact information to by 2 October 2018.

JPs' 50 years of service photos

Photos are now available from the JPs' 50 Years of Service reception hosted by NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman on Tuesday, 1 May 2018

View and download photos.

Questions about JP procedures?

Read or download the latest edition of the JP Handbook.

Have you moved?

JPs are required to advise us of any change to their postal address, email or telephone number.

Want a Certificate?

JPs can purchase a Certificate of Appointment for their home or office.