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How to become a Justice of the Peace

Please note that new Justices of the Peace 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 Justice of the Peace services at their place of employment, e.g. in a Service Tasmania branch.

There are currently over 800 Justices of the Peace in Tasmania. Prior to applying, please refer to our "Find a Justice of the Peace" page to help identify if there is a need for Justices of the Peace in your area.

To become a Justice of the Peace, applicants must meet the following criteria

  • 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.
  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt.
  • Be able to competently carry out the duties of the office.
  • Not be convicted of any offences beyond minor traffic offences (an applicant should not have more than four minor traffic offences in the past ten years or more than one drink driving offence in the past five years - for any such offence the reading must not exceed 0.1%).
  • 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 the Justices of the Peace Association of Tasmania.
  • 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 Justices of the Peace appointed.

For additional information in relation to the key accountabilities, knowledge and skills, personal qualities and criteria for appointment as a Justice of the Peace, please refer to the Justice of the Peace Position Description (PDF, 250.3 KB).

What happens next if I apply?

If you choose to apply, your application will be acknowledged and assessed by the Department of Justice.

Appointments are supported where they meet the needs criteria as established by Government, and the person is suitably qualified. Factors determining whether a request for appointment will be supported include

  • The existing number of Justices of the Peace 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 applicants availability to witness documents.
  • The type of documents required to be regularly witnessed.

Should you wish to proceed with an application, please complete the online

How will I know if my application was successful?

The Department of Justice will advise you of the outcome of your application.

Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with an explanation as to why their application was not supported.

If your application proceeds, the process for appointment may take some time while criminal history checks and other administrative processes are undertaken.