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Become a justice of the peace or bail justice

Justices of the peace and bail justices are collectively called honorary justice volunteers.

Justices of the peace provide document witnessing and certification services to the community both during and outside business hours.

Bail justices primarily work outside business hours and on weekends to conduct hearings in relation to applications for bail or remand, and applications for interim accommodation orders relating to children.

Honorary justice volunteers are individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to actively providing vital justice services to all members of the community. They are also deemed to be honourable members of the Victorian community.

The Honorary Justice Office is responsible for appointing and managing honorary justice volunteers.

Submit an expression of interest

The Honorary Justice Office has introduced an expression of interest process for all new justice of the peace and bail justice applications.

An expression of interest is the method of indicating your interest in applying for appointment as a justice of the peace or bail justice in Victoria.

The Honorary Justice Office will invite you to formally apply when they are recruiting in your local area. Recruitment will take place in areas of identified or demonstrated need.

Any expression of interests not selected for progression within a two-year period will automatically lapse. In this case, the Honorary Justice Office will inform you of the lapse and invite you to submit a new expression of interest, if you are still interested in the role.

The appointment process for justices of the peace and bail justices in Victoria consists of a number of different stages. Progression through the appointment process is dependent on applicants successfully completing and satisfactorily meeting the criteria for each stage. The stages include:

Stage 1:  Lodge an expression of interest

Stage 2:  Lodge an 'Application for Appointment and a Consent to Check and Release National Police Record Form' 
                   (following an invitation by the Honorary Justice Office)

Stage 3:  Relevant probity checks and assessment conducted by the Honorary Justice Office

Stage 4:  Applicant interviews conducted by the Honorary Justice Office

Stage 5:  Satisfactory completion of the prescribed course of training. The training consists of online and face-to-face components.

Stage 6:  Recommendation of the applicant’s suitability for appointment as a justice of the peace made by the Honorary Justice Office to the Attorney-General

Stage 7:  Appointment by the Governor in Council or the Attorney-General

Honorary justice appointments are made on the basis of providing a volunteer justice service to the Victorian community.  As such, there is an expectation that successful applicants will commit to the on-going delivery of service to the Victorian community.  This includes making themselves available to the public and stakeholders on a regular basis and demonstrating a consistent commitment to the requirement of the roles. 

It is important to the note that the bail justice role, while a volunteer appointment, delivers a crucial after-hours service to the criminal justice process. Volunteers for this role will be required to demonstrate a consistent level of attendance at after-court hours bail and child protection hearings to ensure their appointment continues. Potential applicants should consider their ability to make a regular commitment to this role in relation to their personal and work commitments before submitting an expression of interest for the role.

Please note that all applicants are required to possess a basic level of computer skills and computer literacy, as much of the communication and training will be conducted in an online/web based environment.

Read the Justice of the Peace position description

Read the Bail Justice position description

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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.