Acting as a Justice of the Peace is one of the most honoured ways of serving the community.
Acting as a Justice of the Peace is one of the most honoured ways of serving the community. John McCutcheon

Applications called for potential Justices of the Peace

EVER considered applying to become a Justice of the Peace?

The Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is encouraging community-minded people to put their hands up to apply to be a JP in NSW.

"It's a great time to apply to be a JP, with a new online smart form making it simpler, easier and faster," Mr Fraser said.

"As the local member I can formally nominate community members for the role once they have completed the online form and provided me with the necessary documents."

Justices of the Peace play an essential part in our legal system, by acting as an independent witness to the signing of documents such as statutory declarations and affidavits.

There is no cost involved in becoming a JP and people who perform the duty cannot charge for their services.

"Justices of the Peace come from all walks of life, but the one thing they have in common is the desire to volunteer and serve the community," Mr Fraser added.

A three month moratorium was imposed on appointing new JPs in September to allow the Department of Justice to work on a new online register of Justices of the Peace.

To be launched in March 2015, this will make it easier for Justices of the Peace to update their contact details.

"JPs will be required to nominate when they are available," Mr Fraser added.

"This will ensure people can find a JP in our community when they need one."

There are 90,000 Justices of the Peace, covering all corners of the state.

For more information about the role and how to apply, visit www.jp.nsw.gov.au



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