Justice of The Peace

Unley Volunteer Justice of Peace (JP) Service
An Unley volunteer Justice of the Peace is available at the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley at the following times.
  • Monday and Wednesday, 9am-3pm 
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-midday (no appointment necessary)
This service is made available through volunteer JPs who are rostered on anywhere from once a month to once a week depending on their availability.

How are JPs appointed?

The Governor, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, may appoint suitable persons to be a Justice of the Peace under the Justices of the Peace Act, 1991. Citizens of Australia over the age of 18 years can apply to the Attorney-General's Department to become a JP. Persons appointed must reside within South Australia and be of good character.

What does a JP do?

JPs are authorised to witness and attest many documents such as:

  • Statutory Declarations
  • Affidavits
  • Waiver of Rights
  • Search Warrants
  • Drug Warrants
  • Divorce Documents
  • 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

JP Training

Our volunteer JPs are committed to their development and receive ongoing training through the Royal Association of Justices (RAJ). Over the years RAJ have run training for our Justices on site in General Refresher and Advanced Directives. This training is also made available to other local Justices to enable them to keep their skills up to date for the benefit of the community.

For more information, please contact the Council's Customer Service Centre on 8372 5111.