Department of the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General
Law Compass

Justices of the peace

The office of the justice of the peace is a statutory position that involves a range of duties and responsibilities - most commonly including witnessing of documents such as Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wills.

Finding a JP

The database lists justices of the peace in your area, with details of how to contact them. There are justices of the peace in most of Western Australia's suburbs and towns, as well as in other states and some foreign countries.

The role of a JP

There are approximately 3009 justices of the peace of all nationalities and cultural backgrounds, living in all parts of WA, who volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system.

Witnessing documents

Who else can sign your documents in place of a justice of the peace?

Moved house or changed your details?

JPs can update their details by completing a Change of Address and Contact Details form.

Are you no longer an active JP?

If you are no longer able to be actively involved as a JP, you should tender your resignation.

Become a JP

Nominations must be submitted through a State member of Parliament (or a local magistrate for regional areas). Appointees must complete a justices of the peace training course before appointment and ongoing training is required.

History of justice of the peace

When Captain James Stirling founded the colony of Western Australia in 1829, he appointed eight justices of the peace - originally referred to as 'conservators of the peace'.

The Royal Association of Justices

The Royal Association of Justices of WA (Inc) aims to promote and support the status and interests of Justices of the Peace.

Training for JPs

All JPs are expected to follow the same procedures when performing administrative duties. In an attempt to standardise JP training and knowledge, new materials are added to the website regularly.