New Justices of the Peace for Ballarat and Greater Geelong!

We are pleased to announce as an outcome of the Honorary Justice Services Support (HJSS) strategic recruitment plan that 40 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) from the Ballarat area have been appointed and will be sworn in at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court.

This is the first group of new appointed JPs taking their Oaths of Office. The balance of the cohort, including a further group from the Geelong area who we anticipate being appointed shortly, will be sworn in over the coming weeks.

We look forward to our new JPs supporting and enhancing the work of current JPs in these areas and sharing some of the demand on JP services. 

Ongoing recruitment campaigns have been completed in the Darebin and Whittlesea areas and further updates will be provided once these applicants are appointed and sworn in.

The department greatly appreciates the ongoing commitment of JPs and the valuable volunteer contribution you make.

 Our first group of new Justices of the Peace (JPs) after their swearing in.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Thank you to our wonderful Honorary Justice volunteers from the Attorney General and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Eight staff  from the Honorary Justice Support Service holding up smiley face post-it notes to celebrate National Volunteers Week.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week (16-22 May), the Department of Justice and Community Safety is celebrating honorary justice volunteers, who play an important role in the justice system and provide a valuable and accessible service to all members of the community. Read the Attorney General's message.

Your responsibility to be active and available as a JP 

The Honorary Justices Act requires that Justices of the Peace be reasonably active and available to the general public.  

This means that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, your contact details must be included on the Find a Justice of the Peace search (External link) on  

If you’ve got any questions or need to update your details, please contact us (External link)

Keeping your Justice of the Peace details accurate

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) (External link)' search function. Please email (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.

Vaccination requirements for Honorary Justices

Honorary Justices who provide face-to-face honorary justice services are required to be vaccinated. Learn more about vaccination requirements.