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Justices of the Peace

What does a Justice of the Peace do?

A JP is authorised to witness and attest many documents such as:

  • Statutory Declarations
  • Affidavits
  • Certify copies of original documents
  • Witness the signing of Power of Attorney and Guardianship documents, providing the JP is satisfied with the capability of the signatory
  • Waiver of Rights
  • Search Warrants
  • Drug Warrants
  • Divorce documents

There are no national Justices of the Peace in Australia. Each State and Territory has its own legislation to regulate the appointment and powers of Justices of the Peace. The functions of the office are different from State to State and witnessing requirements also differ from State to State.

More information can be found at the following sites:

Where can I find a Justice of the Peace?

To find a JP in your local area please click here.

Some JPs also volunteer their time to sit in "Daily Rooms" in the Courts to assist in the processing of court documents and are generally available to the public for general witnessing duties. JPs also attend many Libraries and Council Offices on a roster basis to make themselves more accessible to the public.

The Attorney-General's Department JP Volunteer Service is located at Level 2 of Chesser house, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

Please see the listing below for metropolitan JP services.

In all cases it is necessary to phone and make an appointment





Magistrates Court

The court has 'Daily Rooms' where J.P.s provide witnessing duties on a roster system.

260-280 Victoria Square

(08) 8204 2444

Magistrates Court

The Sheriff's Office
(J.P.s on staff)

Lower Ground Floor
Sir Samuel Way Building
South-West corner of Victoria Square

(08) 8204 0149

Family Court of SA

'Daily Rooms' operate with rosters of J.P.s.

Counter opens from 8.45am to 4.30pm

3 Angas Street


Justice of the Peace Services

From 9.00am to 4:30pm.

Note: If person has more than 10 documents, please call J.P. Services first to make an appointment.

Level 2 of Chesser house,
91-97 Grenfell Street


Justice of the Peace Services

Phone: 131 882


University of South Australia - Justices of the Peace listing

UniSA has several staff who are Justices of the Peace in and for the State of South Australia. They can witness a range of documents including statutory declarations and affidavits and can certify true copies. Please use the listing below:  

In all cases it is necessary to phone and make an appointment. 

City West
Dominic Marafioti
Anna Prandalos
Phill Armanas
Jennifer McKay
Lei (Theodore) Xu
Louise Seaman - All appts to be arranged by e: louise.seaman@unisa.edu.au or t: 8302 0937
Vera Holt - Monday, Thursday and Friday
David Sweet - All appointments arranged by email only e: david.sweet@unisa.edu.au
Julie Read - Amy Wheaton Building, Room H1-32 strictly only available on Tuesdays 9:00am to 10:30am, no appointment necessary

Mawson Lakes
Ian Price
Vera Holt - Tuesday and Wednesday
Mawson Lakes Library - City of Salisbury (Mawson Centre - MC Building)

JPs are available at the Mawson Lakes Library between the the following hours

  • Monday                                 9.30am to 12noon
  • Tuesday (evening)                  5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday                           12noon to 2:00pm
  • Thursday                               9:30am to 12noon
  • Thursday (evening)                5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Friday                                   12noon to 2:00pm
  • Saturday                               10:00am to 12noon