Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace Inc.

Interested in becoming a JP?

Eligibility requirements for JPs in NSW

To be eligible for appointment as a Justice of the Peace in NSW, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be nominated by a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council (MP or MLC)
  • be an Australian citizen or a person who is entitled to vote at a general election, unless the Attorney General exempts the person from having to satisfy this criterion
  • be of good character
  • consent in writing to confidential inquiries being made as to the person’s suitability for appointment, including a criminal records check
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • establish that your appointment as a justice of the peace is required for your employment or to fulfil a community-based need for the appointment

The application process

Please Note:

The Department of Justice is developing a new online system for managing Justices of the Peace (JP) appointments and reappointments. The new system will allow all applicants to manage their JP appointment completely online.

The new system is planned to launch in April 2019. In preparation for the new system, applications for JP appointments are temporarily closed until mid - April 2019.

You will need to log on to the NSW Department of Justice - Appointment Services website and register for the new online system and submit an appointment application after the system launches in April 2019. Please note that you will need an email address to register and you will also be required to successfully complete the JP Knowledge Test before you can apply to become a JP.

For more information please visit the NSW Department of Justice website at      or

Call the JP Infoline 02 8688 7487 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)