Justice of the Peace Services

If you need the services of a Justice of the Peace please come to my office anytime from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

 

The most common functions performed by a JP in NSW are to:

  • witness the signing of a statutory declaration which is a written statement a person declares to be true in the presence of an authorised witness.Various organisations often require information to be provided to them in a statutory declaration.

  • witness the signing of an affidavit which is a written statement for use as evidence in court proceedings. A person who makes an affidavit must promise that he or she is telling the truth, in the presence of an authorised witness.

  • certify that a copy of an original document is a true copy. Various organisations sometimes accept a certified copy of a document, instead of the original. This avoids a person having to mail or submit the original of a precious document, like a birth certificate or academic qualification.

 

Who are JPs?

  • JPs are appointed by the Governor of New South Wales for five-year terms. They are volunteers, who come from all walks of life and all sections of the community.

  • JPs are people who are trusted to be honest, careful and impartial, when performing the functions of a JP.

 

What can I expect from a JP?

Before a JP can witness you signing a statutory declaration or affidavit, the JP is required to:

  • check the document is completed correctly

  • ask you questions to make sure you understand the purpose, effect and content of the document

  • warn you it is a serious criminal offence to make a false statement in the document, and that the penalties include imprisonment

  • confirm your identity (if the JP has not known you for 12 months or more, the JP must see your identification document)

  • watch you sign the document in the JP’s presence.

  • Before a JP can certify a copy of an original document, the JP must have both the original document and the copy physically in front of him/her.

  • A JP is required to always comply with the law and follow the proper procedure. JPs who fail to do so can be fined or have their appointments revoked.

 

A JP must not:

  • charge you a fee or accept a gift for providing JP services

  • tell you what to write in a statutory declaration or affidavit, or write it for you

  • give you legal advice.

Do you want to be a JP?

Click here for an online application form.

Office address: 2/12 Elgin Street, Maitland NSW 2320 | Mail: PO Box 920, Maitland NSW 2320

Phone: 02 4933 1617 | Fax: 02 4933 4782 | Email: maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Jay Suvaal, Country Labor Party, 9/377 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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