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Justice of the Peace (JP)

What is the difference between a JP and a Commissioner for Declarations?

Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations can sign documents that need an authorised witness.

Generally, a Commissioner for Declarations can sign most documents.

A Commissioner for Declarations can

A JP can witness

  • affidavits
  • warrants
  • oaths
  • summons, and
  • where it has been explicitly requested, documents can be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.

Where can I find a Commissioner for Declarations?

If you need to find a Commissioner for Declaration or would like further information, visit the Commissioner for Declarations page or contact JP@justice.tas.gov.au.

Where can I find a Justice of the Peace?

A JP can be located at the following designated signing clinics:

LocalityLocationDayTime
HobartService Tasmania, Macquarie StreetThursday and Friday10am - 2pm
GlenorchyCouncil Offices, 374 Main RoadMonday (from 3 August 2020)10am - 2pm
RosnyService Tasmania, Bligh StreetTuesday9.30am - 4pm
KingstonCivic Centre, 15 Channel HighwayWednesday10am - 2pm
LauncestonCH Smith Building, 23 Charles StreetMonday to Friday10am - 3pm

Please ensure you take sufficient identification when attending a JP clinic, such as a driver's licence with your photograph and signature, together with one additional form of identification such as a bank card.

You can also search for a JP in your area by searching the JP database -

For further information contact JP@justice.tas.gov.au

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