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How to become a JP or Cdec

As a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (JP) or Commissioner for Declarations (Cdec) you will handle important documents that could have a significant impact on a person’s life. It is important that you are properly trained and qualified to provide professional services in all situations.

Who can become a JP or Cdec

To become a JP or Cdec you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be of good character
  • be registered on the Queensland electoral roll
  • have completed the relevant training–Course in Providing Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) (Justice of the Peace [Qualified]).

How to apply

To complete this form you will need:

  • your statement of attainment from the Course in Providing Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) (Justice of the Peace [Qualified])
  • contact details for 2 suitable referees
  • proof of Australian citizenship (if you were born overseas).

Course in providing community justice services

Before you can apply to become a JP or Cdec you need to complete the Course in Providing Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) (Justice of the Peace [Qualified]). The course code is 30942QLD. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to perform JP or Cdec duties.

My Skills, Australia’s training directory, has a list of accredited training organisations that run this course in Queensland.

  • To become a JP you will need to complete the entire course.
  • To become a Cdec you will need to complete only the relevant sections of the course.

The training organisation will provide you with all the materials you need to complete the course, including the assessment and a copy of the JP handbook or the Cdec handbook.

You must apply to become a JP or Cdec within 2 years of successfully completing your training.

Who cannot be appointed?

You cannot apply or hold office as a JP or Cdec if you:

  • have been convicted of a serious offence at any time (i.e. an indictable offence, irrespective of whether it was dealt with in the magistrates, district or supreme court)
  • have been convicted of more than 2 offences of any kind at any time
  • have been convicted of an offence of any kind in the last 5 years
  • have been convicted of more than 2 traffic offences in the last 4 years (i.e. convictions under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995)
  • are an undischarged bankrupt (i.e. not yet free from bankruptcy).

Also, if you have been convicted of more than 6 offences under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 in a 4 year period, you are not qualified to be appointed as a JP or Cdec for 5 years after the date of your last conviction.

Examples of offences include all types of criminal offences, drug related offences, financial (tax or business related), social security offences, shoplifting, or failure to pay a TOLL fee within the stated period of time.

Note that for traffic offences, a person who pays an amount by the way of a penalty for an offence, is taken to have been convicted of the offence on the day the amount is paid.

These conditions are from the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991.

What happens next

When you submit your online application it will be automatically received by us.

Your application will also be automatically sent to your State Member of Parliament (MP) for nomination of your appointment. Your MP may contact you to arrange an interview before your nomination.

When your MP tells us that they nominate you for appointment, we will assess your application against the relevant sections of the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991 and the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007. The assessment process can take approximately 3 months.

If there are any issues with your application, we will let you know. Otherwise, we will write to you to let you know if your application is approved.

When your application is approved, you will need to take an Oath or Affirmation of Office and pay a registration fee before you can begin your duties as a JP or Cdec.

Contact the Justices of the Peace Branch

If you have trouble completing this form or require further information or assistance, you can contact the Justices of the Peace Branch by:

  • email: jp@justice.qld.gov.au
  • phone: 1300 301 147
  • visiting our office: Level 6, 154 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
  • post: The Registrar of Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, PO Box 5894, West End QLD 4101.

More information

Read the code of conduct for JPs and Cdecs.

Last updated
17 August 2016

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