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Justices of the Peace (JPs) should regularly check this page for important information or updates about performing their role, keeping their registration up-to-date, places seeking JP services and to read the latest edition of JP News.
JP News is the official newsletter for NSW JPs. It covers any essential updates to JP functions and obligations.
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NSW JPs cannot accept a NSW Digital Driver Licence as an identification document for the purpose of witnessing a statutory declaration or an affidavit.
NSW JPs are required to confirm the identity of a person making a statutory declaration or affidavit using one of the approved identification documents in
Appendix G of the JP Handbook.
The reference to a ‘driver’s licence or permit’ in Appendix G of the JP Handbook does not include a Digital Driver Licence.
For more information about the authorised uses of a Digital Driver Licence please visit the
Service NSW website.
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].
The New South Wales Justices Association's Training Team are providing free training sessions for JPs via Zoom as set out below.
(i) Certification basics/ common errors
(ii) Statutory Declarations Introduction/Refresher
Date/Time: Thursday 6 August 19:00 to 20:30
(i) Code of Conduct
(ii) Witnessing a Statutory Declaration for a non-English speaking declarant
Date/Time: Monday 24 August 19:00 to 20:30
(i) Affidavits Introduction/ Refresher
(ii) Affidavit for Probate
Date/Time: Saturday 29 August 13:30 to 15:00
Each applicant may only attend one session as places are limited but applicants may list the three sessions in order of preference if they wish to do so. Applications are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be notified if you are successful and provided with the Zoom link to attend the training session.
Issue 5, November 2018 [PDF 234kb]
Issue 4, April 2018 [PDF 803kb]
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