The powers of JPs and Commissioners of Declarations, and how you can become one
Being a Justice of the Peace (JP) is an important job with a high degree of responsibility.
Witnessing documents, statutory declarations or affidavits for important life events like marriage, home loans, and legal matters is part of the role, but did you know JPs also help support our legal system with some judicial duties? JPs can issue search and arrest warrants, and grant bail for some matters, and in some circumstances can form a magistrates court to deal with specific matters – allowing lawyers and the courts to concentrate on complex legal matters.
There are two common types of JPs in Queensland—a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (JP) and a Commissioner for Declarations (cDec).
JPs are individuals who, like millions of Australian volunteers, want to help others or their community.
If you are interested in becoming a JP or Cdec, you must be:
- an Australian citizen
- at least 18 years old
- of good character
- registered on the Queensland electoral roll
You must also complete the relevant training before you can apply.