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.
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.
The Justices of the Peace Act 2002 provides that:
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.