Justices of the Peace (JPs) are volunteers that come from all sections of the community and are available across NSW. 

A JP is trusted to be honest and impartial when performing their functions.

What you need

  • If using the online Public Register, check the availability of a JP before you contact them directly.
  • Check that the JP is authorised to witness your documents.
  • Let the JP know if you have a large number of documents to be witnessed.
  • Get your documents ready before your appointment and do not sign your documents before the appointment.

How to find a Justice of the Peace (JP)

Search the online register

Use one or more of the following to search the Public Register :

  • post code
  • day of availability
  • language spoken 
  • name of JP
  • JP registration number.

Go to a local community desk

Check the listing of scheduled JP services at a community desk near you.

Ask at local places

Ask if there is a JP at the following locations near you:

  • local council or shire offices
  • a police station or a court house
  • the office of your local Member of Parliament
  • your local shopping centre, library, chemist or bank.

What a JP can do

You can ask a JP to: 

  • witness a statutory declaration or affidavit (only valid for use within Australia)
  • certify a copy of an original document.

What a JP cannot do

A JP cannot:

  • unreasonably refuse to provide JP services
  • charge you a fee or accept a gift for providing JP services
  • assist or write in a statutory declaration or affidavit
  • provide you with legal advice
  • store copies of legal documents.

English language interpreter services

For help with interpreting or translating documents into English, find out how to:

If your are helping someone with English language interpretation, find out how to provide assistance with language interpretation for a statutory declaration (stat dec).


A JP cannot charge you a fee or accept a gift for providing JP services.

Last updated: 28 March 2024