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?

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 call and make an appointment.

Name Service  Location Contact 
Magistrates Court  The court has daily rooms where JPs provide witnessing duies on a roster system  260-280 Victoria Square, Adelaide 8204 2444 
Magistrates Court  The Sheriff's Office - JPs on staff

Lower Ground Floor, Sir Samuel Way Building, SW Corner of Victoria Square, Adelaide 

8204 0149 
Family Court SA  The court has daily rooms where JPs provide witnessing duies on a roster system  3 Angas St, Adelaide  1300 352 000 
Justice of the Peace Services  9.00am - 4.30pm  Lvl 2, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell St, Adelaide  131 882 
Mawson Centre Library Monday to Saturday (Varied times) MC Building 8302 5555


University of South Australia - Justice of the Peace listings

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 call and make an appointment.

Campus Name Additional Notes
City West Dominic Marafioti  
City West Anna Prandalos  
City West Jennifer McKay  
City West Lei (Theodore) Xu  
City West Louise Seaman  
Magill Vera Holt Monday, Thursday and Friday
Magill David Sweet Appt by email only
Magill Julie Read Tuesday 9-10.30am (no appt necessary)
Mawson Lakes Ian Price  
Mawson Lakes Vera Holt Tuesday and Wednesday