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

JPs 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. These hearings are conducted in person and virtually.

The Honorary Justice Services Support area is responsible for appointing and managing Honorary Justice volunteers.

Current recruitment of JPs in Darebin and Whittlesea

We are now recruiting targeted numbers of JPs to the Darebin and Whittlesea local government areas (LGAs). Please review the JP position description for further information about the JP role.

Importantly, please note that you must reside in these local government areas and are required to attend an information session to progress any future application. Please go to Eventbrite to register for your preferred information session (External link).

Virtual Information Session Dates:

  • Tuesday 7 December at 6.00pm
  • Thursday 9 December at 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 December at 6.00pm
  • Thursday 16 December at 6.00pm

Ongoing recruitment of honorary justices

Expressions of interest or applications for the volunteer roles of bail justices or JPs based in other local government areas are not being accepted at this time.

Ongoing recruitment updates for JPs and bail justices will be available on our website. Please check this page or our careers page for future updates

Applicants must successfully complete and meet the criteria for each stage of the appointment process. The stages include:

  • attend at a recruitment information session 
  • lodge an 'Application for Appointment and a Consent to Check and Release National Police Record Form' (following an invitation by the Honorary Justice Services Support area)
  • relevant probity checks and assessment conducted by Honorary Justice Services Support
  • applicant interviews conducted by the Honorary Justice Services Support area
  • satisfactorily complete the prescribed course of training, including online and face-to-face components
  • recommendation of the applicant’s suitability for appointment as a justice of the peace made by the Honorary Justice Services Support area to the Attorney-General
  • appointment by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

Successful honorary justice applicants commit to the ongoing delivery of vital justice services to the Victorian community. This includes making themselves available to the public and stakeholders on a regular basis and demonstrating commitment to the role requirements.