Justices of the Peace (JPs) provide a valuable and important service to the community and/or the workplace. In NSW, JPs are appointed for 5-year terms.
If you'd like to apply to become a JP, you need to register online first.
- be at least 18 years of age
- be able to establish that your appointment as a JP is required for your employment, or to fulfil a community-based need for the appointment
- be nominated by a NSW MP
- be an Australian citizen or a person who's entitled to vote at a general election for the Legislative Assembly, unless the Attorney General exempts you from having to satisfy this criterion
- be of good character
- consent in writing to confidential inquiries being made as to your suitability for appointment, including a criminal records check
- not be an undischarged bankrupt.
What you need
- to register for JP Online
- to pass the JP Knowledge Test which is based on the information in the JP Handbook
- to complete an appointment application form which includes requesting a NSW Member of Parliament (MP) to consider nominating you
- the application will indicate which documents you need to provide, and may include any of the following:
- your Australian birth certificate
- your Australian passport
- your Australian citizenship certificate
- a document from the NSW Electoral Commission which shows you are currently enrolled to vote in NSW
- a change of name certificate and proof of use of that name
- contact details for 2 character references
- if you are applying to be a community JP, you will need to describe the community-based need for your appointment in 2000 words or less
- if you are applying as part of an employment need, a letter on your employer’s letterhead demonstrating the need for your appointment.
How to apply
- Select the 'Register for JP Online' button.
- Confirm your eligibility and enter your personal details.
- Receive an email from the Department of Justice confirming your registration.
- Take the JP Knowledge Test on JP Online.
- Gather all required supporting documentation.
- Select 'Apply to be a JP' to complete the appointment application using JP Online.
- If your local MP agrees to nominate you, your application will be sent directly to the Department of Justice for processing.
- Take the Oaths of Office at a NSW Local Court.
- It'll take a minimum of 12 weeks from the date the MP forwards your application to the Department of Justice, for your application to be processed.
- JPs need to take the oaths of office, and undertake to comply with the Code of Conduct for JPs in NSW.
- You can also use JP Online to:
- apply for reappointment
- submit a request to notify of a change in circumstances
- check your JP number and expiry date
- update your JP Public Register details
- order JP products.
To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit the Justices of the Peace website.