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.

Some Magistrates Court Registry staff also serve as Justices of the Peace and can process those documents meant for Court use only; they will not handle personal documents. 

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.

For additional information on Justices of the Peace see the Office of Regulatory Services where you will also find a link to a Justice of the Peace by suburb.