Latest news

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 Newsletter

JP News is published periodically to keep Justices of the Peace in NSW up to date with news that's relevant to their role.

Click the image or the text link to read the newsletter in PDF.

Read the April 2018 edition of JP News now [PDF, 803kb]

NEW! 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.

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.

Volunteer at Hornsby Library

Hornsby Library is looking for additional JPs to volunteer at our Hornsby and Pennant Hills Libraries.

We work closely with our volunteers to find a time that is suitable to both parties, and ask that our volunteers come into the library for a minimum of 2 hours each month.

Application forms are available on the Hornsby Library website. 

For more information, please contact Melanie Mutch on 02 9847 6568 or email

Please note: this information is provided for the information of JPs by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is not responsible for any services provided by Hornsby and Pennant Hills Libraries.

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.