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Find advice for Justices of the Peace (JP) and what to do if you need JP services during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

As NSW continues to open up a number of JPs and JP scheduled desk locations may not be operational as yet. Please contact the JP or service desk location first before attending to ensure they are providing services.
If you are a JP who is providing services it is essential that you operate in line with any restrictions mandated in your local area. 
The Department currently recommends the use of Audio Visual Link to perform JP services remotely where possible. Please click on the factsheet Witnessing legal documents remotely – Justices of the Peace factsheet.

Official information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NSW Government can be found here.

Justices of the Peace (JPs) are volunteers appointed by the Governor of New South Wales. The primary role of a JP is to witness a person making a statutory declaration or affidavit, and to certify copies of original documents. JPs come from all sections of the community and are available across NSW. 

New JP Handbook

A new edition of the JP Handbook is expected later in 2021. If you purchase a copy of the current edition after 1 July 2021 then the Department will automatically send you a complimentary copy of the 2021 Edition.

JP Applications

As of 25 October 2021, applications to become a Justice of Peace can now be submitted. Please click on the 'Becoming a JP' page below for advice on how to submit an application via JP Online.

JP OnlineJP Online

Register for and log in to JP Online. Use JP Online to apply for appointment or reappointment, update your details and more.

Information for JPs ​Information for JPs

Find out more about performing your role and your obligations as a JP.

Finding a JPFinding a JP

Search the Public Register to find your nearest JP or a JP who speaks a particular language.

The role of JPsThe role of JPs

Learn more about the functions of a JP and how to submit feedback about a JP.

Becoming a JPBecoming a JP

Find out how to apply to become a JP and the appointment process.

Contact JP Appointment ServicesContact JP Appointment Services

Contact JP Appointment Services for support with appointment and reappointment applications.