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​Becoming a JP

By volunteering to become a Justice of the Peace (JP) you will provide services to your community or place of employment.

Information for new JP applicants.

To become a JP you will need to:

For more details visit the appointment process.

To complete the JP appointment application you will need:

  • proof of identity documents 
  • proof of Australian citizenship or eligibility to vote in NSW elections
  • contact details for two character referees
  • if you are applying to be a community JP, demonstrate the need for your appointment
  • if you are applying as part of an employment need, a scanned copy of a supporting letter signed by your employer on the letterhead of your company/organisation, demonstrating the need for your appointment.

Visit Step 3: Complete the JP appointment application for more detailed information about the specific documentation required.

Are you eligible to become a JP?

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

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be nominated by a NSW Member of Parliament (MP)
  • be an Australian citizen or a person who is entitled to vote at a general election for the Legislative Assembly
  • be of good character
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt.

To find out more about eligibility and character, you can read the Guidelines on the appointment of Justices of the Peace: assessing eligibility and good character [PDF 44KB] issued by the Attorney General.