Find a Justice of the Peace
A justice of the peace (JP) acts as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. For example, a JP may:
- certify a true copy of an original document
- certify a person's identity
- witness an affidavit for use in court
- witness a statutory declaration
- witness the signing of a document.
Other places to find a JP
Consumer and Business Services
The CBS customer service centre is open Monday to Friday at 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
Check first to:
- find out what times they are available
- make an appointment if you have more than 10 documents.
Councils often have JPs on staff.
Contact your local council to make sure a JP is available.
State electorate offices
The South Australian Parliament website has electorate office addresses and phone numbers.
Most courts have JPs who provide witnessing services to the public - court documents are given priority.
The Courts Administration Authority website has local court address and contact details.
Proclaimed police officers are authorised to witness and attest some documents.
If your document lists a proclaimed police officer as an authorised witness, contact your local police station to make sure they are available.
Complaints and feedback
Complaints against JPs must be made in writing. The complaint must include the name of the JP, the ID number (if known) and details of the incident, including any supporting documentation or evidence.
Complaints will be considered is a JP does not comply with:
- the Code of Conduct (PDF 112KB)
- the Justices of the Peace Act 2005
- a condition or requirement of their appointment.
We will also investigate:
- JPs who have been charged with or convicted of offences
- JPs not carrying out the official functions of the office correctly
- general misconduct.
Personal disputes between the public and a JP will not be considered.
You can also provide feedback, including suggestions for how the service could be improved.
Lodge a complaint on the Consumer and Business Affairs website.
Contact Justice of the Peace Services
Phone: 131 882
Justice of the Peace Services - Attorney-General's Department