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JP Online provides a simple way to access and manage your JP registration all in one place. Simply log in to:
JP Online to register or to log in.
When your term is approaching expiry, we’ll send you a courtesy email reminder to apply for reappointment. It’s your responsibility to apply for reappointment
before the end of your term. You can log in to your
JP Online account at any time to check the dates of your term of appointment.
To apply for reappointment, you will need to:
Step 1: Log in to your JP Online account.
Step 2: Complete the JP Knowledge Test.
To learn more, visit Complete the JP Knowledge Test on JP Online.
Step 3: Complete the application for reappointment.
To complete this application you will need:
Scanned copies listed above do not need to be certified.
If you have changed your name since your previous application you will need to provide evidence that you have legally changed your name and are currently using your new name.
Visit Changing your name using JP Online for more details.
Unlike your original appointment application, you don’t need to request nomination from a Member of Parliament or provide character references.
You will receive an email notification when your application has been processed.
The time it takes to process an reappointment
application can vary depending on the complexity of the application. While the department aims to finalise all applications within three months, in some circumstances it may take up to six months.
If you don’t want to continue as a JP, you do not need to do anything — your appointment will automatically lapse on the expiry date of your current term and you will no longer be able to perform JP functions.
Late reappointment applications are not accepted. If you don’t apply before the end of your term, your appointment will lapse and you will not be able to perform JP functions. To continue to be a JP, you will have to start a new application for appointment.
Code of Conduct [PDF 95KB] for Justices of the Peace requires you to notify the Department of Communities and Justice as soon as practicable of a change in your circumstances.
You need to notify us about the following:
You can let us know of a change in your circumstances by logging into
JP Online and selecting 'Log a change' on your account homepage.
You can only provide JP services using the name that appears on the JP Public Register. If your name has changed, you must notify us as soon as possible by logging into JP Online and completing a 'Change of Name' request. You must not use your new name when performing JP functions until you receive confirmation from us that your name has been updated on the register.
To change your name on the JP Public Register, you will need to provide:
Once you have submitted a Change of Name request, JP Appointment Services will email you to advise the outcome.
JPs who meet eligibility requirements can apply to the Department of Communities and Justice for authority to use the title ‘JP (Retired)’ after their name.
People who are granted the ‘JP (Retired)’ title will be able to keep it for life. They will not appear on the NSW public register of Justices of the Peace and will not be authorised to exercise JP functions.
In order to apply for the ‘JP (Retired)’ title, JPs must:
To maintain the integrity of the JP office, people using the ‘JP (Retired)’ title will still need to meet good character criteria and comply with the Justice of the Peace Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will result in removal of the title.
If you would like more information about the JP retired title, including registering your interest in applying for the title, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call the JP infoline on (02) 8688 7487.
You can purchase a Certificate of Appointment and printed copy of the JP Handbook through your JP Online account.
The Certificate of Appointment features an embossed red metallic foil, which accentuates the JP title and the seal of the Attorney General. Each certificate is personalised with the appointment details of your current term of office, including your full name as it appears on the JP Register. Purchasing a Certificate of Appointment is optional and it is not required to perform JP services.
You can download a free copy of the
JP Handbook or log in to your JP Online Account to order a professional printed copy.
Please note that stamps are not available for purchase through JP Online. Many JPs buy a stamp to save time writing certain information, such as their full name and JP regsitration number, however stamps are not a requirement to perform JP services.
A refund can be approved if there has been an error made by the Department of Communities and Justice when processing a purchase.
Refunds are not issued if the client has changed their mind or if the purchase is no longer required. Refunds are also not issued if the client has provided incorrect information, including an incorrect mailing address, to the Department when making their purchase.
Clients can submit requests for refunds by email to
Refunds, if approved, will normally be processed within 21 days of receipt of the request.
To understand your functions as a JP and how to perform them correctly, refer to the
JP Handbook. You can download a free copy of the
JP Handbook or log in to your
JP Online Account to order a professionally printed copy.
The handbook also explains your obligations as a JP, including keeping your appointment details up-to-date and acting in accordance with the
Code of Conduct for Justices of the Peace [PDF 95KB].
The Code of Conduct for JPs in NSW establishes the requirements and acceptable standards of behaviour for JPs in NSW. The code is also useful for members of the public who may be unsure of what to expect when seeking the services of a JP.
The JP Appointment Team record the personal information you provide when you volunteer to become a Justice of the Peace and when you apply for reappointment. We protect the privacy of your personal information in accordance with the
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
We may use the personal information you provide for the following purposes:
Under law, we are required to publish your contact details on the Public Register of JPs. Your public contact details are:
If you’re registered as a community-based JP, we’ll also publish the times that you’re available to provide JP services as listed in your JP Online account.
During your term of office as a JP, or at any time after your term ends, any person or organisation can ask us to confirm whether or not you held an appointment as a JP. In response to these requests, we may disclose:
The Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice may also issue a certificate confirming / declaring whether or not you were registered on the JP register at a particular time. The certificate is admissible evidence in legal proceedings.
In limited circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information without your consent. This includes your private contact details, such as your home address and private phone numbers. We may be required to disclose this information in connection with:
To find out more about your right to privacy and the
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, visit the
Information and Privacy Commission NSW website.
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