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.

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

The Honorary Justice Services Support area invites formal applications for bail justices and justices of the peace only when recruiting to areas of Victoria with demonstrated need.

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

  • lodge an expression of interest
  • 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.