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Role of a Justice of the Peace

There are approximately 2,900 Justices of the Peace (JPs) of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds, living in all parts of WA, who volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system.

JPs are appointed by the Governor who authorises them to carry out a wide range of official administrative and judicial duties in the community.

As well as presiding in the Magistrates Court, JPs are regularly called upon by the WA Police to issue search warrants. The administrative tasks include witnessing affidavits, statutory declarations and certifying documents.

The JP Handbook (6th Ed) has been written to familiarise JPs with the responsibilities of their office. It is essential that all JPs fully understand the legal significance of the duties they perform. The contents of this handbook should be understood before undertaking JP duties.

The Attorney General has issued a Code of Conduct for JPs which sets out the high standards of conduct that a JP is expected to uphold.

Last updated: 15-Apr-2019

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