Become a Justice of the Peace
How to become a Justice of the Peace
New Justices of the Peace (also known as JPs) will only be appointed if there is an identified need in a particular suburb and surrounding area, or where an applicant is employed in an area of need and can provide JP services at their place of employment, for example in a Service Tasmania branch.
Before expressing an interest in applying, please refer to our Find a Justice of the Peace page to help identify if there is a need for JP in your area.
- be an Australian citizen by birth, descent or naturalisation.
- consent to confidential enquiries being made to determine suitability for appointment (this may include an interview by Tasmania Police).
- be enrolled as an elector for the State of Tasmania.
- have attained the age of 18 years but not attained the age of 75 years.
- not be an undischarged bankrupt.
- be able to competently carry out the duties of the office.
- not be a person engaged in any occupation or employment which could cause a conflict between their business or other interests and their duties and responsibilities as a Justice of the Peace.
- be willing to complete the Justice of the Peace Introductory Course delivered by a Justice of the Peace Association.
- be willing to undertake and complete any future training or professional development prescribed by regulations or required by the Secretary of the Department of Justice.
- be readily available to witness documents.
- be located in an area which does not already have a sufficient number of JPs appointed.
- be a fit and proper person to hold the office of Justice of the Peace. Relevant to the assessment of this criteria, a person must not have been convicted or found guilty of -
- an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of 6 months or more; or
- an offence that, if committed in Tasmania, would constitute an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of 6 months or more; or
- an offence involving dishonesty.
Before expressing an interest in appointment, please review the Position Description for JPs for further information on the role, key requirements and criteria.
If you wish to proceed with an expression of interest, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.
What happens next?
Your expression of interest will be acknowledged and assessed by the Department of Justice.
Expressions of interest are supported where they meet the needs criteria as established by Government, and the person is suitably qualified. Factors determining if a request for appointment will be supported include:
- The existing number of JPs in the community and their accessibility (please refer to our Find a Justice of the Peace page for more information about Justices of the Peace in your suburb and surrounding area).
- The applicant's availability to witness documents.
- The type of documents required to be regularly witnessed.
Was I successful?
We will advise you of the outcome of your expression of interest and will provide you with an application form if your expression of interest is supported.
The process for appointment may take some time while criminal history checks and other administrative processes are undertaken.
For more information on the process of being appointed as a Justice of the Peace and the approximate time frames for each step, please see the Justice of the Peace Appointment Flowchart.