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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.

Aboriginal Birth Certificates. JP volunteers are required on the 18th & 19th May 2022 at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence Redfern, to help in the witnessing of documents. Please see attached for more details.

As circumstances in NSW continue to change a number of JPs and JP scheduled desk locations may not be operating or may operate under changed hours. Please contact the JP or service desk location first before attending to ensure they are providing services.

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.

Purchasing a JP Handbook A printed copy of the current JP Handbook is no longer available to purchase via JP Online as a new edition of the JP Handbook is due for release soon.  However, the current handbook is still available for free download via the 'Quick links' tab on this webpage, you can download the complete handbook or download it in sections.

Free Training for JPs All JPs are invited to a free training afternoon at Chatswood on Saturday, 28th May 2022. The event is organised by the NSW Justices Association Lower North Shore Branch. Please see attached for details and registration.

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. 




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.