Justices of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are appointed under the Justices of the Peace Act 1989 to serve the ACT community by carrying out various functions set out in ACT legislation. Some of the more common tasks performed by a Justice of the Peace include:

  • administering oaths or affidavits, witnessing statutory declarations and taking affirmations;
  • witnessing signatures; and
  • attesting and certifying documents.

A Justice of the Peace is available at the Sheriff's Office which is found just inside the entrance to the Supreme Court building. All Court related documents will be signed but personal documents are to be limited to a small amount. Justice of the Peace hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Volunteer Justices of the Peace are available to deal with those documents that cannot be dealt with by Court staff. The volunteers are situated on the 1st floor of the Magistrates Court building. Their hours are 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

As the Court cannot guarantee the daily availability of volunteer Justices of the Peace, it is advisable to contact the Magistrates Court Registry Counter on (02) 6207 1731 to confirm availability.

Additional information on the role of Justices of the Peace and becoming a Justice of the Peace is available on the Access Canberra website. To find a Justice of the Peace by suburb search the Justice of the Peace Register or you can find a JP through the ACT Justice of the Peace Association.