The role of the Justice of the Peace (JP) is to act as an independent and objective witness to official or legal documents.

Generally JPs:

  • witness oaths or affidavits
  • take statutory declarations and affirmations
  • witness signatures
  • attest the execution of a document
  • certify a true copy of an original document

Here’s how to find one locally:

The Department of Justice and Attorney General
To search The Department of Justice and Attorney General for a local Justice of the Peace, click on their link: https://jp.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/public/welcomePublic.do and enter your postcode in the search bar.

Please note their guidelines:

  • JPs on the Register are volunteers. They may not be available at short notice or at all times of the day.
  • You must not use the information on the Register to send unsolicited communications, other than those necessary to enable you to make legitimate use of the JP services.
  • When seeking the services of a JP, please telephone in advance to make an appointment. It is best to telephone during weekday business hours. If urgent contact on a weekend is necessary, please limit your call to a reasonable time of the day.

North Sydney Council

JP Hours – Council Customer Service

Tuesday      2 – 4pm
Wednesday 2 – 4pm
Thursday     2 – 4pm

JP Hours – Stanton Library 

Monday        2 – 4pm
Tuesday       12 – 2pm
Wednesday  12.30 – 2.30pm
Thursday      4 – 6pm
Friday           1 – 3pm
Saturday       1 – 3pm

JP Services

A maximum of 10 documents can be presented. Certify copies of documents as true copies.

  • Please bring the original document, and provide the photocopy/ies for certification. Electronically issued documents can only be certified where they are downloaded and printed from the issuing website in front of the JP. You may therefore wish to bring your own electronic device or use one of the library’s computers.

Witness a statutory declaration under the NSW Oaths Act 1900, an Australian affidavit, or a Commonwealth of Australia statutory declaration.

  • For NSW statutory declarations, please bring photographic identification with you. If you do not speak or read English please bring someone to interpret.

Witness signatures on legal documents and administering oaths as authorised by a NSW legislation.

  • If your document does not indicate the relevant NSW Act or NSW Regulation authorising the JP to witness your signature then please find out the details from the issuing body or your legal professional. If the NSW Act or NSW Regulation cannot be identified then the JP will not be able to witness the document for you.

The JP is unable to witness signatures on international documents. Contact a Notary for this purpose: Notary Locator

Other nearby Justices of the Peace

Please contact The Kirribilli Centre, 9922 4428, or info@kncsydney.org

Also, Greenwood Plaza – please contact directly.

Mosman Council

JPs are available Monday to Friday from 2.00pm to 3.00pm (subject to availability) at Council’s Civic Centre, Customer Services, 1 Mosman Square.

JP Service is also available at Barry O’Keefe Library on Wednesdays only from 12pm to 2pm. If more than ten documents need to be certified or verified, please call us prior to your visit on 9978 4141 for an appointment.

Willoughby Council

Willoughby Council provides a JP:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 3pm  and Wednesday 12noon – 3pm

Willoughby City Council Administration Building
Level 4/31 Victor Street, Chatswood 2067
Ph: 02 9777 1000

This service is also available:

  • Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse
  • Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm at Northbridge Library

Please note:
“Council Officers who are registered JP’s are available for the following requests only: Witnessing of signatures on documents that state that the witness must be a Justice of the Peace, verifying copies of original documents, maximum of ten (10) pages only for any one request each day, swearing of affidavits and the signing of attachments in relation to the affidavit, witnessing Statutory Declarations and the signing of attachments to the Statutory Declaration.
See the website for more: http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/about-council/justice-of-the-peace/

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