Are you eligible? 

To be eligible for appointment as a Justice of the Peace in NSW, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be nominated by a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council (MP or MLC)
  • be an Australian citizen or a person who is entitled to vote at a general election for the Legislative Assembly, unless the Attorney General exempts you from having to satisfy this criterion
  • be of good character
  • consent in writing to confidential inquiries being made as your suitability for appointment, including a criminal records check
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • establish that your appointment as a justice of the peace is required for your employment or to fulfil a community-based need for the appointment

The Attorney General has issued guidelines about the assessment of eligibility and character. These are contained in the Guidelines on the appointment of Justices of the Peace: assessing eligibility and good character.