Civic Information > Justice of Peace
Justice of the Peace (JP) volunteers are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General under section 115 of the Magistrates' Court Act 1989. There are approximately 4,800 JPs in Victoria today.
The role of JP volunteers in Victoria is largely administrative, with their primary role focused on attesting to the execution of a documentwitnessing a statutory declarationwitnessing an affidavitcertifying a true copy of an original documentcertifying a person's identity.
To locate a JP in Horsham, Victoria click here or call 1300 365 567 (Australia only).
Justice of the Peace Office
Honorary Justice Office
Officer in Charge - Registrar
Postal: Honorary Justice Office, GPO Box 4356, Melbourne, Vic 3001
Phone: (03) 8608 6018
Fax: (03) 8608 6111
The office of bail justice is unique to Victoria. Bail justice volunteers are appointed by the Attorney-General under section 120 of the Magistrates' Court Act 1989. The role of bail justice volunteers includes conducting after-hours bail and remand hearings in respect of adults who are held in police custody under the Bail Act 1977 and children who are held in police custody and applications for Interim Accommodation Orders under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005. Similar to JP volunteers, bail justice volunteers also have the power to witness statutory declarations and receive affidavits within Victoria. There are approximately 500 bail justice volunteers in Victoria today.