Justice of the Peace
A Justice of the Peace (JP) service is provided at MECA on Mondays (10am – 4pm), Tuesdays (10am – 4pm) and Thursdays (10am – 2pm). Although walk-ins are always welcomed, appointments are prioritised. If you do not have an appointment, please expect a waiting period..
Who are JPs?
JPs are appointed by the Governor of New South Wales for five-year terms. They are volunteers, who come from all walks of life and all sections of the community.
JPs are people who are trusted to be honest, careful and impartial, when performing the functions of a JP.
What can I expect from a JP?
Before a JP can witness you signing a statutory declaration or affidavit, the JP is required to:
- check the document is completed correctly
- ask you questions to make sure you understand the purpose, effect and content of the document
- warn you it is a serious criminal offence to make a false statement in the document, and that the penalties include imprisonment
- confirm your identity (if the JP has not known you for 12 months or more, the JP must see your identification document)
- watch you sign the document in the JP’s presence.
Before a JP can certify a copy of an original document, the JP must have both the original document and the copy physically in front of him/her. A JP is required to always comply with the law and follow the proper procedure. JPs who fail to do so can be fined or have their appointments revoked.
For further information about this service or if you would like to make an appointment, please contact one of our friendly staff on (02) 9625 9300