JPs in NSW

This page updated: 27 October 2021

Delta response

JP services are not classified as essential services. All NSW JPs are volunteers.
It is not unreasonable for NSW JPs to decline services if they or their family are at risk.

NSW statutory declarations can be witnessed by a wider range authorised witnesses for Commonwealth statutory declarations for the remainder of 2021. Unlike JPs, they may charge a fee for service.

For the latest information on JP services, check the Department of Communities and Justice website.

Most community desks run by NSW Justices Association (in shopping centres and courts) are responding to the current health situation and remain closed. Local court desks are closed until at least 22 November by order of the Chief Magistrate.

jp-prep

Tool last updated: 20 March 2020

This interactive tool gives general advice on what to prepare when visiting a JP in person, to save those trips back and forth!
The tool is is barebones and a more elegant version is planned.
It also only takes into account face-to-face services and not electronic witnessing.
As well as using the below tool, please use your best judgment when requesting or providing these services.

Access JP Preparation Tool

Remote Witnessing pilot scheme for NSW

NSW JPs may now witness the execution of certain documents by audio visual link until 31 December 2021 as part of the Remote Witnessing pilot scheme, which will replace provisions made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not include Commonwealth affidavits and certified copies, both of which must still be done physically. Electronic signatures are not to be used - wet signatures only.

The suggested wording is: "This document was signed [in counterpart] and witnessed over audio visual link in accordance with section 14G of the Electronic Transactions Act 2000".

The Factsheet for JPs is available on the DCJ website.

Kitchen Sink

Affidavits

FCFCOA Family Law Rules 2021

  • each page must be consecutively numbered (s 2.14(c))
  • affidavit requirements (s 8.15)
  • as usual, every page must be signed at the bottom of each page by both deponent and witness (s 8.16(1)(d))
  • Deponent illiterate or vision impaired (s 8.17)

High Court Roles 2004