Department of Justice
To ascertain your eligibility for appointment as a Justice of the Peace in Tasmania please read the following:
To become a Justice of the Peace applicants must meet the following criteria:
It is the policy of the Government that Justices of the Peace will only be appointed if there is an identified need.
Should you wish to proceed, a written request to be appointed must be forwarded to:
Department of Justice
GPO BOX 825
HOBART TAS 7001
The written request must demonstrate the needs of the locality or residence / place of business for a Justice of the Peace.
The Department of Justice will then forward an official application form. The form requires the applicant to provide the following details:
Requests to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace are not automatically approved. Appointments are only supported where they meet the needs criteria as established by Government and the person is suitably qualified. This includes a requirement in the locality for the witnessing of warrants, oaths, affirmations, complaints and certifications.
Applications are acknowledged and assessed by the Department of Justice. Factors determining whether a request for appointment will be supported include:
At the conclusion of the assessment process, the Department of Justice will advise applicants of the outcome of their application. Unsuccessful applicants are provided with an explanation as to why their application was not supported.
As noted above, it is a requirement of the appointment process that potential Justices of the Peace receive appropriate training in the Justice of the Peace Introductory Course, prior to the issuing of their Justice of the Peace certification and their swearing of the Oath. The training is conducted by the Justices of the Peace Association.
The majority of documents are statutory declarations that can have signatures witnessed by a Commissioner of Declarations, numerous ex-officio professions and occupational groups (as well as by Justices of the Peace).
Accordingly, only those communities that have a high requirement for the signing of documents such as affidavits, warrants, oaths and summons will specifically require Justices of the Peace.
Justices of the Peace do not receive any remuneration for undertaking this role.
The Justices Associations are non-government bodies that provide training, education, guidance and social affiliation for Justices of the Peace. The Department of Justice only handles the appointment processes for Justices of the peace and as such the Justices Associations are valuable resources for Justices of the Peace. At present, there are South, North and North West Associations whose contact details are:
The Hon Justice Association of Tasmania - North
PO Box 1418
Launceston Tas 7250
The Hon Justice Association of Tasmania - North West
PO Box 785
Devonport Tas 7310
Appointment as a Justice of the Peace is not transferable from State to State. As such, a Justice of the Peace from another State cannot witness documents in Tasmania. Anyone wishing to become a Justice of the Peace in Tasmania must apply as above and undertake the standard selection and training process above.