Communities and Justice

Information and services for JPs

JP Online

JP Online provides a simple way to access and manage your JP registration all in one place. Simply log in to: 

  • apply for reappointment
  • notify us of a change in circumstances
  • check your JP number and expiry date
  • update your JP Public Register details
  • order Justice of the Peace (JP) products.

Visit JP Online to register or to log in.

How to apply for reappointment on JP Online

When your term is approaching expiry, we’ll send you a courtesy email reminder to apply for reappointment. It’s your responsibility to apply for reappointment before the end of your term. You can log in to your JP Online account at any time to check the dates of your term of appointment. 

Learn how to reapply as a JP

Retire as a JP

JPs who meet eligibility requirements can apply to the Department of Communities and Justice for authority to use the title ‘JP (Retired)’ after their name.

Learn how to apply for the JP (Retired) title.

Ordering JP products on JP Online

You can purchase a Certificate of Appointment and printed copy of the JP Handbook through your JP Online account.

Learn how to order the JP Handbook or certificate

Performing your role as a JP

To understand your functions as a JP and how to perform them correctly, refer to the JP Handbook. You can download a free copy of the JP Handbook or log in to your JP Online Account to order a professionally printed copy.

The handbook also explains your obligations as a JP, including keeping your appointment details up-to-date and acting in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Justices of the Peace.

The Code of Conduct for JPs in NSW establishes the requirements and acceptable standards of behaviour for JPs in NSW. The code is also useful for members of the public who may be unsure of what to expect when seeking the services of a JP.

Privacy policy for the administration of JP appointments

The JP Appointment Team record the personal information you provide when you volunteer to become a Justice of the Peace and when you apply for reappointment. We protect the privacy of your personal information in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

We may use the personal information you provide for the following purposes:

  1. assessing your eligibility for appointment or reappointment as a JP
  2. providing you with information about your role and functions as a JP.

Publishing your contact details

Under law, we are required to publish your contact details on the Public Register of JPs. Your public contact details are:

  1. your full name
  2. the contact number you nominated for members of the public to call you
  3. the suburb or town and postcode you nominated as the location where you usually provide JP services.

If you’re registered as a community-based JP, we’ll also publish the times that you’re available to provide JP services as listed in your JP Online account.

Disclosing your information

During your term of office as a JP, or at any time after your term ends, any person or organisation can ask us to confirm whether or not you held an appointment as a JP. In response to these requests, we may disclose:

  • your full name
  • your JP registration number, and
  • the start and end dates of your term of office.

The Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice may also issue a certificate confirming / declaring whether or not you were registered on the JP register at a particular time. The certificate is admissible evidence in legal proceedings.

In limited circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information without your consent. This includes your private contact details, such as your home address and private phone numbers. We may be required to disclose this information in connection with:

  • proceedings for an offence or for law enforcement purposes
  • where authorised or required by subpoena, or by search warrant or other statutory instrument
  • where reasonably necessary for the protection of the public revenue, or in order to investigate an offence where there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence may have been committed, or
  • in other circumstances permitted by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 or regulations.

More information

To find out more about your right to privacy and the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, visit the Information and Privacy Commission NSW website.

Last updated:

06 Oct 2023