The role of the Justice of the Peace (JP) is to act as an independent and objective witness to official or legal documents.

Generally JPs:

  • witness oaths or affidavits
  • take statutory declarations and affirmations
  • witness signatures
  • attest the execution of a document
  • certify a true copy of an original document

Here’s how to find one locally:

The Department of Justice and Attorney General
To search The Department of Justice and Attorney General for a local Justice of the Peace, click on their link: and enter your postcode in the search bar.

Please note their guidelines:

  • JPs on the Register are volunteers. They may not be available at short notice or at all times of the day.
  • You must not use the information on the Register to send unsolicited communications, other than those necessary to enable you to make legitimate use of the JP services.
  • When seeking the services of a JP, please telephone in advance to make an appointment. It is best to telephone during weekday business hours. If urgent contact on a weekend is necessary, please limit your call to a reasonable time of the day.

Northern Beaches Council

Some Council Officers are Justices of the Peace (JPs) and many of our libraries and customer service points have JPs on duty. JPs complete their duties as a community service, depending on their availability and work commitments.

Manly Customer Service
Monday – Friday, 3 – 4pm

Dee Why Civic Centre
Monday to Friday, 9am – 12pm, 2 – 4.30pm (subject to availability and for up to 2 pages)
Customers are requested to call to check availability

Mona Vale Customer Service Centre
Monday – Thursday  9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 4.30pm

Avalon Customer Service Centre
Monday – Thursday  9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 4.30pm

Forestville Library
Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Warringah Mall Library
Thursdays 10am-12pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm

Manly Library
Volunteer JPs are available at varying times during the week and occasionally at the weekend. The service is free, and clients are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

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