​New online system to take stress out of finding a JP

Published date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018

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An online Justice of the Peace register will be upgraded to make it easier for people to find a JP when they need one, Attorney General Mark Speakman announced today.

“There are over 95,000 JPs covering all corners of the state – yet tracking one down in urgent situations can be challenging,” said Mr Speakman.

“The revamped register will solve this problem by enabling JPs to include the dates and times they’re available, in addition to their contact details.

“For JPs, it will mean fewer unwanted disruptions, while people who need a document witnessed or certified quickly will no longer have to waste time calling JPs – only to discover they’re on holidays or busy.”

The improved register will also assist culturally and linguistically diverse communities, by enabling people to search for a local JP who speaks a particular language.

The current system only allows users to search for a JP by name, registration number or postcode. The new-look register will begin operating in early 2019.

Mr Speakman today announced details of the register as he honoured the 252 Justices of the Peace who have chalked up half a century of service in 2018.

“Since 1968, these unsung heroes have been helping people at key moments of their lives, such as when they’re buying a home, accessing superannuation, going to court, or undertaking a commercial or business transaction,” said Mr Speakman.

Mr Speakman presented JPs with certificates recognising their 50 years of service at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House.

JPs act as independent and objective witnesses to documents people need for a variety of purposes. Their main functions are to witness affidavits and statutory declarations, and they may also certify copies of original documents. JPs provide their services on a voluntary basis.

Since the commemorative certificates were introduced in 2012, 2979 Justices of the Peace have been recognised for 50 years of service.

For more information on JPs or to find one in your area go to www.jp.nsw.gov.au.