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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 Digital Driver Licence Information

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.

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 Volunteer for Carnes Hill Library

Carnes Hill Library is looking for  JPs to volunteer at the library, for a maximum of 2 hours; on the day or days below.

Each Wednesday (any time between 10.00am and 4.30m

Thursday (anytime in the afternoon or evening. (Library closes at 8pm)

Friday (any time between 10.00am and 4.30pm.

Please contact Wendy Tesoriero on phone number 02 8711 7876 or by email: if you are interested.

JP Volunteer for Broken Hill City Library

Broken Hill City Library is looking for JPs to volunteer at the library, for a maximum of 2 hours; on the day or days below.

Each Wednesday (anytime in the afternoon or evening up to 5.30. (Library closes at 6pm)

Or negotiate suitable day that suits.

Please contact Tracy Fraser on phone number 08 80803460 or by email: if you are interested.

JP News

Issue 5, November 2018 [PDF 234kb]

Issue 4, April 2018 [PDF 803kb]

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