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.

*With COVID restrictions, please check information is still correct prior to turning up. Bookings may now be required.

Willoughby Council

Only by appointment – Contact Us When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Council’s Customer Service Centre, Level 4, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood Willoughby City Council Administration Building Level 4/31 Victor Street, Chatswood 2067 ph: 02 9777 1000 This service is also available:
  • Tuesdays at West Chatswood Library, 3.30-4.30 pm
  • Thursdays at Artarmon Library, 6-7pm
  • Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse
  • Thursday evenings 5.30-7.00pm at Northbridge Library
  • Tuesday mornings 10am-12pm at Northbridge Plaza (Level 1 opposite Seed Women & at the Lower Level of Plaza near carpark entrance door)
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/

North Sydney Council

JP Hours at Stanton Library – tel 02 9936 8400 Tuesdays        10am-12pm Wednesdays   12.30pm-2.30pm Thursdays       4pm-6pm Fridays            1pm-3pm   JP Hours at Council Customer Service – tel 02 9936 8100 Mondays         2pm – 4pm Tuesdays        10am – 12pm Thursdays       2pm – 4pm For the most up-to-date information visit www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council_Meetings/Our_Organisation/Justice_of_the_Peace

Mosman Council

Council’s Customer Service Centre offers a JP service, subject to availability. Bookings are required for the service and can be made by calling 9978 4000.

A JP service is also available at Barry O’Keefe Library on Wednesdays only from 12pm to 2pm with no bookings required.

Following advice from the NSW Department of Justice, JPs are unable to witness or verify Enduring Powers of Attorney or Laminated Citizenship Certificates. NSW JPs also cannot witness the execution of international documents for use overseas, including Proof of Life.

For the most up-to-date information visit mosman.nsw.gov.au/residents/resident-services/requiring-the-services-of-a-justice-of-the-peace

Ku-ring-gai Council

The JP service is available at the following branches of Ku-ring-gai Library on the following days and times.

Gordon Library

799 Pacific Highway, Gordon, 9424 0120.
Monday 10.00 – 11.30am
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30am
Wednesday 10.00 – 11.30am
Thursday 10.00 – 11.30am and 5.30 – 6.30pm

Turramurra Library

5 Ray Street, Turramurra, 9424 0480.
 Monday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 3.00 – 4.30pm

Lindfield Library

265 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, 9424 0428.
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30am
 Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am
For the most up-to-date information visit www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Community/Ku-ring-gai-Library/Justice-of-the-Peace  
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