Checking a lapsed appointment

You can check that your appointment as a JP is current by searching the online Public Register of JPs, which lists all currently-registered JPs in NSW.

If your name does not appear on the Public Register of JPs, you are not registered as a JP in NSW and cannot provide JP services. Please note that penalties apply for acting as a JP without proper authority.

Abolition of lifetime appointments

The Justices of the Peace Act 2002 abolished all previous lifetime appointments of JPs is NSW. The Act provides that JP appointments are now for a period of five years. A JP who previously held a lifetime appointment and wished to continue as a JP was required to apply for a five-year appointment before 8 December 2006.

If you did not apply for a five-year appointment before 8 December 2006, your previous lifetime appointment as a JP automatically ceased at midnight on that date.

However at any time you can apply for a new appointment as a JP for a five-year term. Further information is on our page about Becoming a JP.

Lapse of five-year appointments

The Justices of the Peace Act 2002 provides that:

  • a person who currently holds the office of JP may, if eligible, be re-appointed before the end of his or her five-year term, and
  • a person automatically ceases to hold the office of JP, if the person completes a five-year term of office and is not reappointed.

If your five-year term has lapsed and you wish to be appointed as a JP again, you will need to apply for a new appointment. Further information is on our page about Becoming a JP.

 

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