Information for JPs

Finding a JP 

Becoming a JP 

IMPORTANT: We are developing a new online system. In preparation for the launch of this system, applications for JP appointment, for JP reappointment or to update names and contact details are temporarily closed until the end of April 2019.

The JP Infoline is also temporarily operating on reduced hours. Visit contact us for more details. If your matter is urgent please email jp@justice.nsw.gov.au.

Applying to become a JP 

To apply to become a JP, you will need to register for the new online system and submit an appointment application after the system launches at the end of April 2019. Please note that you will need an email address to register and you will also be required to successfully complete the JP Knowledge Test before you can apply to become a JP.

Application processing time

The time it takes to process an application can vary depending on the complexity of the application. While we aim to finalise all applications within three months, in some circumstances it may take up to six months.

Applying for JP reappointment

  • If your appointment expires between now and April 2019 and you have submitted a reappointment form, we will process your application as normal.
  • If your appointment expires between now and April 2019 and you haven’t submitted a reappointment form, you will need to apply for appointment again when the new online system launches in April. This will include obtaining a nomination from a NSW Member of Parliament and completing the new JP Knowledge Test.
  • If your appointment expires in April 2019 or beyond you will need to complete your application for reappointment online using the new system. As part of the change, all current JPs will need to successfully complete the JP Knowledge Test each time they apply for reappointment.
  • Update your contact details. We are developing a new online system for Justices of the Peace (JPs). In preparation for the launch of this system, applications to change your contact details are temporarily closed until the end of April 2019.

More information

To find out more about the new online system including the JP Knowledge Test, please see:

Frequently Asked Questions for current JPs [PDF 183kb]

Frequently Asked Questions for new JP applicants [PDF 170kb]

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