Becoming a JP

JPs play an essential part in the legal system and in the community in NSW. By volunteering to become a JP you will be providing a valuable and important service to your community or place of employment.

Please read through the pages in the this section for information about becoming a JP.

IMPORTANT: No new applications will be accepted for processing after 11 January 2019.  Applications will be open for processing again on 1 April 2019.

If you want to be appointed a JP before April 2019 you must submit your completed application with all the required supporting documents and a member of parliament's (MP) nomination, to the Department of Justice before 11 January 2019.

Please click here for information about the application process to be a JP.  

We cannot process forms received after 11 January 2019 and you will have to wait until after the commencement of the new system on 1 April 2019 to begin a new application from scratch.

To apply for appointment as a JP you must:

  1. provide:
    • a certified copy of your Australian birth certificate OR
    • a certified copy of your Australian passport (relevant pages only) OR
    • a certified copy of your Australian citizenship certificate OR
    • a certified copy of a document from the NSW Electoral Commission which shows that they are currently enrolled to vote in NSW.

  2. provide a change of name certificate and proof of use of that name, if your current name is different to the name shown on your birth, passport, citizenship or enrolment document

  3. provide the names and contact details of two character referees

  4. disclose the matters required by the application form including:

    • Offences where you were found guilty but the charge was dismissed without conviction (i.e. under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999)
    • All criminal offences because the 'spent convictions' provisions of section 12 the Criminal Records Act 1991 do not apply
    • All traffic offences that went to court.

  5. demonstrate the need for your appointment as a community JP at Part C OR attach a letter from your employer on the employer's letterhead demonstrating the employment need for the appointment

  6. sign the declaration and consent at Part F

  7. submit your application to your local NSW State Member of Parliament to consider nominating you for appointment.