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Services of a JP and Cdec

Justices of the peace (JPs) and commissioners for declarations (Cdecs) volunteer to serve the public by signing documents that need a qualified witness.

Their services range from witnessing and signing formal documents to hearing certain types of court matters. By performing these services, they allow lawyers and the courts to concentrate on complex legal matters.

A JP has greater power than a Cdec.

What is a justice of the peace (JP)?

A JP in Queensland can:

  • issue search warrants
  • issue arrest warrants
  • grant bail
  • witness documents
  • witness statutory declarations
  • witness affidavits
  • witness and administer oaths and affirmations
  • certify a true copy of an original document
  • certify a person’s identity.

What is a commissioner for declarations (Cdec)?

A Cdec in Queensland can:

  • witness documents
  • witness statutory declarations
  • witness affidavits
  • witness and administer oaths and affirmations
  • certify a true copy of an original document
  • certify a person’s identity.

A Cdec cannot:

  • issue search warrants
  • issue arrest warrants
  • grant bail.

Become a JP or Cdec

To become a justice of the peace or commissioner for declarations, you must meet certain criteria.

Read about how to become a justice of the peace or commissioner for declarations.

Last updated
7 December 2015

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