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Justices of the peace

Justices of the peace are volunteers who provide document witnessing and certification services to the community both during and outside business hours. They do not provide legal advice.

Document Signing Stations (DSS)

Document Signing Stations (DSSs) provide the community with convenient access to Justices of the Peace during business hours and evenings.

DSSs are located in public places such as police stations and libraries. DSS hours vary between locations; it is advisable to check operating hours before attending. Appointments are not necessary.

JP Services offered at DSSs include:

  • attesting the execution of a document 
  • witnessing an affidavit for use in court 
  • witnessing a statutory declaration 
  • certifying a true copy of an original document 
  • certifying a person’s identity.

Fees and charges

Justices of the peace cannot charge for their services.

Authorised witnesses

Refer to this list of authorised witnesses for persons who can witness statutory declarations and persons who can receive affidavits according to the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958.

Pharmacists' witnessing services

Under section 107A of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958, a pharmacist is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. The Pharmacist Board of Victoria can provide further information regarding the obligations of pharmacists including possible fees and can be contacted on 03 9356 8400.

Complaints policy and procedure for honorary justices

To lodge a complaint about a justice of the peace or bail justice, complete a complaint form and send by post, email or fax to the addresses below: 

Honorary Justice Office
GPO Box 4349
Melbourne VIC 3001

Email: jp@justice.vic.gov.au

Fax: 03 8684 6777

All complaints must be made in writing using the complaint form.

The Honorary Justice Office is committed to ensuring that a complaint is resolved fairly and as soon as practicable.

For detailed information, read the Honorary Justice Office complaints policy and procedure, which deals with complaints against Victorian bail justices and justices of the peace.  

Codes of conduct for honorary justices in Victoria

The codes of conduct for justices of the peace and bail justices in Victoria provides concise statements around the expectations of justices of the peace, bail justices and acting bail justices in terms of their conduct and integrity, knowledge and competency, conflicts of interest, and requirements about notifications to the Department of Justice.

How to become a justice of the peace

Visit our volunteering section to find out how to become a justice of the peace or bail justice. 

 

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The Victorian Department of Justice acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.