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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.

For more information about a story or to contribute a news item, please email jp@justice.nsw.gov.au

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NSW Digital Driver Licence Information

The Department of Communities and Justice regularly receives inquiries as to whether NSW Justices of the Peace (JPs) can accept a Digital Driver Licence (DDL) as an approved form of identification. Recent changes to the law now permit NSW JPs to accept DDL's as an approved form of identification. Details of further acceptable forms of identification can be found in Appendix G of the Justice of the Peace Handbook.

For more information about the authorised uses of a Digital Driver Licence please visit the Service NSW website. Information on how to certify an original document in electronic form is contained in Section 2.5 of the Justice of the Peace Handbook


JPs: Introducing Integrated Birth Certificate for adopted persons

New type of birth certificate for adopted persons

From 16 November 2020, where a person is adopted and the adoption order is registered in NSW the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) will automatically issue an Integrated Birth Certificate (IBC), along with the existing post-adoptive birth certificate, on receipt of an application.

The IBC is a new type of birth certificate providing an alternative for adopted persons that includes information about parents and older siblings at birth, as well as parents and older siblings after adoption. It does not, however, change the legal effect of adoption and the person's legal name and legal parents are clearly noted.

This means that you may now see two different kinds of birth certificates:

  • a standard birth certificate, such as those you will have previously seen. These birth certificates list the legal parents and siblings of the person.
  • an Integrated Birth Certificate (IBC), which also lists the legal parents and siblings of the person, but also includes an extra column listing the birth parents and siblings of an adopted person

For an existing adoption that was registered in NSW prior to this date, an adopted person or some family members can apply for an IBC. Please refer to the Integrated Birth Certificates Fact Sheet, for further information.

Identity documents

NSW JPs should be aware of this new type of birth certificate.  NSW JPs may be asked to witness and certify copies of original IBCs. An IBC and post-adoptive birth certificate are both valid identity documents, and an adopted person may choose to use either birth certificate for identification purposes. Both certificates contain the same identifying registration number.

More information

You can find more information at

www.facs.nsw.gov.au/families/adoption

www.nsw.gov.au/births-deaths-marriages



NSW JPs can now witness interstate documents

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].

JPs' 50 Years of service ceremony

An annual ceremony held by the Attorney General of NSW for Justices of the Peace who have attained 50 years of service.

JP News

Issue 5, November 2018 [PDF 234kb]

Issue 4, April 2018 [PDF 803kb]

To request copies of earlier issues of JP News, email jp@justice.nsw.gov.au