Honorary justices are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General under s7 (Justices of the Peace) and s14 (bail justices) of the Honorary Justices Act 2014.

The Victorian legislation listed below relates to the office of an honorary justice and authorised witnessing functions of the role.

Victoria – Main Legislation

Bail Act 1977 (External link)
Children Youth and Families Act 2005 (External link)
Honorary Justices Act 2014 (External link)

Honorary Justices Regulations 2014 (External link)
Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (External link)
Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (External link)

Victoria – Supporting Legislation

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (External link)
Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (External link)
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (External link)
Mental Health Act 2014 (External link)

Oaths and Affirmations (Affidavits, Statutory Declarations and Certifications) Regulations 2018 (External link)
Oaths and Affirmations Transitional Regulations 2018 (External link)
Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (External link)


It is a requirement of the Honorary Justices Act 2014 that honorary justices notify Honorary Justice Support Services (HJSS) of changes to contact details within 21 days. 

We ask that all Justices of the Peace (JPs) go online and check their contact details are correct on the  'Find a JP (External link)' search function. Please email jp@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) if any details are out of date or incomplete.

This will assist HJSS with maintaining an accurate database and will also ensure that members of the community undertaking a search have accurate information.