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.
news: The NSW Government has recently changed the
law to allow NSW JPs to witness the execution of documents to be used
interstate, where already authorised to do so in those jurisdictions. This
means that NSW JPs can now witness interstate documents (such as Queensland
land titles documents) when allowed by the law of the other state. For more
information, please see our updated Witnessing overseas and interstate documents factsheet [PDF].