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Applications to become a Justice of the Peace (JP), including Reappointment as a JP, are temporarily closed. Visit Justices of the Peace NSW for further information.

Justices of the Peace (JPs) play an essential role in the legal system and 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.

  • to have registered and set up your personal JP web account as detailed in the email you receive after you register
  • a Member of NSW Parliament (MP) to nominate you (generally your local MP)
  • your nomination form 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
    • character references from 2 people who have known you for at least 2 years, and are not related to you
    • a letter from a community organisation or a person of good standing within the community
    • a letter on your employer's letterhead demonstrating the need for your appointment.
    1. Select the 'Register online' button.
    2. Select the 'Apply now!' button at the top right.
    3. Enter your personal details and email address.
    4. Receive your email from the Department of Justice and set up your personal JP web account as detailed in the email.
    5. Complete the online application.
    6. Print your individual nomination form.
    7. Complete the statutory declaration in the presence of a JP.
    8. Gather all the required supporting documentation – originals only.
    9. Visit your local MP and submit your application so they can consider nominating you for appointment as a JP.
    10. If your local MP agrees to nominate you, your application will be sent directly to the Department of Justice for processing.

    If you don't have an email address or are unable to access the internet, you can request a paper application form.

    You must:

    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.

    Need help?

    We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

    Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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