A Justice of the Peace (JP) acts as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes.
When contacting a JP, please note JPs are volunteers who provide their services to the community free of charge. While JPs make themselves available as much as possible, it should be remembered that they have the same type of work and personal commitments as any other person. As such, you will need to discuss a mutually acceptable time and place for an appointment.
Commissioners serve the public by signing documents that need a qualified witness. Although the role of a CD is purely administrative, Commissioners are empowered to exercise some of the ministerial functions of justices.
Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations are volunteers who assist the public with administrative legal matters.
JPs and CDs can sign documents that need an authorised witness.
Before searching for a JP, review the signing page of your document to determine what service you need. For example, if your document requires you to ‘declare’, a CD can sign your document unless there are instructions requiring a JP.
CDs are often more convenient to find. Find a list of professions and appointment holders who are Commissioners for Declarations .
A number of regions also offer JPs signing clinics .