Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today announced that a three month moratorium imposed on appointing new JPs in September has been lifted.
Mr Elliott said that now the moratorium has been lifted, community-minded people can once again put their hand up to apply to be a Justice of the Peace 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 Elliott said.
“As Member of Parliament, I can formally nominate community members for the role of JP 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 Elliott said.
“The new online register, which will be launched in March 2015, will make it easier for Justices of the Peace to update their contact details and community JPs will be required to nominate when they are available,” Mr Elliott said.
“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 of a JP and how to apply, visit: www.jp.nsw.gov.au